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
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
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