IowaCASA's office is closed today due to inclement weather conditions. If you or a family member need immediate assistance, contact Iowa Victim Service Call Center at 1-800-770-1650 or Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821. Stay safe out there!
RVAP is a s*xual assault victim advocate and prevention education agency at the University of Iowa that has also hosted the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline since 1999. RVAP is one of the oldest stand-alone comprehensive s*xual assault programs in Iowa, and among the oldest in the nation as well. Check out their new crowdfunding campaign here: https://goldrush.uiowa.edu/rvap
The defunding of the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh, and Transformative Healing has advocates feeling fearful that these program cuts will leave victims of s*xual abuse without critical assistance. Kerri True-Funk, associate director of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault said that “it’s definitely not going to be on the level that they were previously operating at.” Moving forward, all three programs will continue to search for solutions to best assist survivors and their friends and family.
To find out more, click here: http://bit.ly/2rWstfs
In a heartbreaking decision, three of Iowa's s*xual violence programs (Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, Transformative Healing, and Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh) were defunded. Find out what you can do to help in IowaCASA's newsletter: http://bit.ly/2qJzTPk
As many of you may already know, three of our state's invaluable programs-- Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, Transformative Healing, and Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh-- have recently been defunded. Adam Robinson, Executive Director of RVAP, which coordinates the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, points out that state legislatures who voted for a cut in victim services funding said it would not impact victim services. What we're finding out is that this is not the reality.
Read more about these devastating changes in funding from the Des Moines Register:
The Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh and Transformative Healing have been defunded following budget cuts by the Iowa Legislature. The groups are seeking donations and volunteers to help continue services.
The Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline has been operating since 1999. Please support this invaluable resource for survivors of s*xual violence and their loved ones. See attached press release for more details:
May 19, 2017
***URGENT ALERT: IOWA SEXUAL ABUSE HOTLINE DEFUNDED***
Earlier this year, the Iowa Legislature decided to cut state funding for victim services by 26% in fiscal year 2018. This week the R**e Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) learned that the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline (ISAH), the statewide hotline hosted by RVAP since 1999, will be defunded as of October 1st, 2017. ISAH provides 24-hour phone counseling, support, information and referrals to anyone affected by s*xual violence directly or indirectly. All of our support is confidential, trauma-informed, and culturally-competent.
Eliminating funding to this statewide resource will set victim services in Iowa back in profound ways. The timing of this decision to defund ISAH is incredibly troubling. In the past two years, ISAH has experienced a 647% increase in call volume, and is projected to receive nearly 4,000 calls this fiscal year alone! While there are other hotlines available to survivors of s*xual abuse, historically, when victim services are combined into one program, survivors of s*xual violence are the ones who become underserved. It was for this reason that ISAH was originally established as a critical resource for persons who experience barriers and/or conflict of interest when accessing services. Persons who call the ISAH are offered immediate support as well as information to connect with services in their local areas and communities. ISAH also provides roll-over services to sister centers in the state, answering their hotlines during non-business hours, weekends and holidays. This service allows these agencies to focus their finite resources on other services, while still ensuring that those in need of support are able to access to confidential, trauma-informed support 24/7. To eliminate this critical service for survivors of s*xual violence will push Iowa back decades.
Please consider a donation and help us sustain our life-saving services for all Iowans who need them.
For more information, contact Adam Robinson at [email protected]
or Katryn Duarte at [email protected]
More sad news this week, and a devastating loss for survivors. The service and support that Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh, the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, and Transformative Healing provides to the community is invaluable. The following is a news release from Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa:
"Along with other statewide partners, like the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, we will be working around notification with local victim services organizations to make sure that survivors across the state receive adequate information and support as their cases may go forward," says IowaCASA's Associate Director Kerri True-Funk.
Watch the video from WHO TV Channel 13 News here: http://bit.ly/2mBFWH1
Hey, friends! Just FYI, IowaCASA staff still don't have access to working phone lines at the moment. :-( We promise we're working on it! If you need immediate assistance, feel free to contact the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821 or visit Iowa Affirmation & Resources Chat - ARCh online at www.iowaarch.org.
Thanks for understanding!