Everything you share with RCIS volunteer advocates, staff members, and/or agency therapists will be kept in confidence within our agency. A signed release is required before we will release information about a client to anyone outside the agency. However, professional ethics and Maryland law require us to report in the following instances:
- If you tell us you are planning to hurt yourself or someone else.
- If you disclose identifiable information about child abuse, no matter how long ago it happened.
- If you disclose identifiable information about vulnerable adult abuse.
- If you tell us you are planning to commit a crime.
- In rare cases, if certain types of court proceedings force RCIS to discuss client information with judicial officials.
You DO NOT have to report to the police in order to speak with us and we will not pressure you to report, but we can help you report if you choose to do so.
If you are in the process of reporting and moving through the judicial system, RCIS can offer support and accompaniments. Please look here for more information: Accompaniments
Please look here for more information about what to do after a sexual assault:
Interested in becoming a helpline advocate? Learn more here: