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Sexual Assualt
Awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness Month happens for 30 days out of the 365 days that make up a year. While the month long awareness campaign is an extremely important portion of sexual assault awareness we want to help close the 335 daylong gap that makes up the remainder of the year.

No one plans or expects to become a victim of sexual violence, which means no one plans or expects to need resources that help victims. Stopping sexual assault is the end goal we strive for and while sexual assault is on the decline it is still happening, even here, in Des Moines.

How are we closing the 335 daylong gap?

Facts
& Data

17,103

VICTIMS SERVED
The number of victims served during the 2018 State of Iowa fiscal year.

2,542

SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
The number of Sexual Assault Kits paid for by the State of Iowa during the 2018 fiscal year.

4,265

Kits Haven't Been Tested
The number of untested kits documented in a 2017 Iowa state-wide inventory.

1,009

Are from the DSM Metro
The number of untested kits from the DSM Metro documented in a 2017 Iowa state-wide inventory.

1/10

RAPE VICTIMS ARE MALE

21%

TGQN college students have been sexually assaulted
21% of TGQN college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.

Resources

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) is a statewide organization. Our mission is to end sexual violence and improve support available to survivors of sexual assault. We advocate on behalf of survivors and victim advocates.

IowaCASA provides a bridge between advocates at sexual assault service programs, statewide policy makers, and federal responses to sexual violence and violence against women. Advocates are trained professionals whose jobs are to support sexual assault survivors.”

The coalition supports survivors in the following ways:

  • We support high-quality advocacy services through implementing training, certification, and service standards for advocates and programs.
  • We advocate on the state and federal level for effective and coordinated service for individuals who have experienced sexual violence.
  • We educate the public on the root causes and effects of sexual violence.
  • We work with state policymakers and governmental organizations to create and sustain effective laws and policies that will protect people who have experienced sexual violence.
  • We regularly participate in statewide boards and commissions to advocate for effective responses to sexual violence within our state.
  • We advocate for state and federal funding for local sexual assault service programs.
  • We provide training and support to sexual assault service programs on organizational development and infrastructure.
  • We develop a statewide plan to prevent sexual violence before it begins.

Iowa Victim Service Call Center

Iowa Victim Service Call Center

Iowa Victim Service Call Center is a resource to victims and survivors of crime throughout all of Iowa. With staff available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, callers are given the full attention they deserve. Since inception, we have received calls from victims and survivors of many crimes, including: homicide, robbery, kidnapping, identity theft, hate crime, elder abuse, drunk driving, burglary, bullying, assault, arson, human trafficking, incest, sexual abuse as a child, sexual assault, child physical abuse, teen dating violence, domestic violence, and more.

All staff at the Call Center undergo extensive training that includes many hours of face to face and interactive trainings with both the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Staff also receive training from many of the culturally specific groups from around Iowa, increasing their awareness of differing cultures and assuring that every caller receives the support they need.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual violence, or any other abuse or crime, call the Iowa Victim Service Call Center at 1.800.770.1650 or text ‘iowahelp’ to 20121.


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