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Activism Research Paper: Four Organizations and Their Involvement in Helping Victims of Sexual Violence Anastasia Kral WS 201; Section J Alissa Stoehr, Instructor Fall 2007
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Kral One of the sections covered in WS 201 that I was most interested in was the week we discussed violence against women, particularly the portion on rape and sexual abuse. Because of this, in conducting research for this project, the activist organizations I found myself particularly drawn to were groups that had the main goal having to do with the of helping women that had been sexually assaulted, sexually abused or raped. In Women: Images and Realities , “Rape: The All-American Crime:,” Susan Griffin discusses how she had “never been free of the fear of rape” and the issues involved by living in a rape culture. I have been sexually harassed on numerous occasions and although I have never been raped, I have a great fear of finding myself in that situation. This being said, I like to educate myself on the topic as much as possible to feel prepared if I do have to deal with the aftermath of such an event. I feel more secure knowing there are organizations such as Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA), Sexual Assault Response Team of Story County, IA (SART), Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS), and Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network that support victims of sex crimes. Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) is an organization that formed in 1981 that’s priorities include helping rape victims, helping to prevent rape, ensuring victim’s rights, protecting victims, creating safer communities, ensuring justice for victims, and strengthening laws protecting victims. Their mission, as listed on their website, www.iowacasa.org/asp/abouus/aboutus.asp?m=3, is “to unite people and organizations to promote a society free from sexual violence and to meet the diverse needs of survivors”. IowaCASA works to achieve their goals by offering a variety of services, including resource development, statewide awareness raising, presentations and trainings on child sexual abuse prevention, anti-pornography work, and self-defense training. They also work toward public policy advancement by assisting member centers, community partners and allied organizations. Also, their Legal Assistance to 2
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Kral Victims Program provides information and referrals for legal issues related to sexual assault and their
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course WS 201 taught by Professor Bado-fralick during the Fall '07 term at Iowa State.

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