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SECTION 695-A
Definitions
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 6-A
§ 695-a. Definitions. As used in this article:

1. "Rape crisis intervention and prevention program" means any program
which has been approved by the department offering counseling and
assistance to clients concerning sex offenses, sexual abuse, or incest.

2. "Community support system" means a system of service providers in a
community designed to meet the needs of a victim of a sex offense,
sexual abuse or incest.

3. "Comprehensive services" means hotline, counseling, community
prevention, recruitment and training programs, accompaniment services,
and referral.

4. "Counseling" means individual communication and interaction which
helps the client make choices and act upon those choices, provided to a
client concerning any sex offense, sexual abuse, incest, or attempt to
commit a sex offense, sexual abuse, or incest.

5. "Client" means any person seeking or receiving the services of a
rape crisis counselor for the purpose of securing counseling or
assistance concerning any sex offense, sexual abuse, incest, or attempt
to commit a sex offense, sexual abuse, or incest.

6. "Hotline" means twenty-four-hour access to rape crisis intervention
and prevention services including telephone hotline and telephone
counseling capabilities.

7. "Community prevention" means public education projects designed to
encourage victim use of rape crisis intervention services, educating the
general public about the availability and significance of rape crisis
intervention services, providing sex offense, sexual abuse or incest
prevention and personal safety information, providing other education
programs which sensitize service providers and the general public about
the nature of sex offenses, sexual abuse or incest and the needs of
survivors of a sex offense, sexual abuse or incest. "Community
prevention" also means and includes public education projects designed
to teach the general public about the problem of acquaintance rape,
including but not limited to: (a) the importance of promptly respecting
the decision of another person not to engage in sexual conduct; and (b)
the right of every individual to make such a decision and have it
respected.

8. "Recruitment and training programs" means programs designed to
recruit and train staff or volunteers in a rape crisis intervention and
prevention program as well as training or education to other agencies
participating in a community support system.

9. "Accompaniment services" means services that assure the presence of
a trained rape crisis worker to assist and support the client, at
hospitals, law enforcement agencies, district attorneys' offices, courts
and other agencies.

10. "Referral" means referral to and assistance with medical services
and services of criminal justice agencies, mental health agencies, or
other entities providing related services.