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Expanding Services for Sexual Assault Survivors

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
64 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 21, at 11:55 PM CST
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Expanding Services for Sexual Assault Survivors

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) was established 45 years ago as part of the civil rights movement to combat the use of gender and sex as weapons of oppression.Throughout our proud history, RVAP’s mission has been to “provide confidential, accessible support and advocacy to victims/survivors of sexual abuse and their partners, friends, and family members; and work to create a community free from sexual violence by providing education and prevention strategies, and by promoting social change.”  Now in our 45th year, we believe that the conditions that allow sexual violence to occur must be addressed in order to have true justice and meaningful social change. To that end, we remain committed to exploring ways to ensure safety and accountability without perpetrating systems of inequity, oppression, and abuse of power. 

RVAP’s comprehensive sexual assault services and programming are available in eight counties in southeast Iowa. This includes free prevention programming as well as confidential, victim-centered, trauma-informed services for the following counties: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Van Buren, and Washington. These services include emergency victim services through our 24-hour crisis support line; in-person medical, legal, personal, academic, and systems advocacy; individual and group counseling. 

These services save lives, and our goal is to expand the reach of these services so that victims/survivors who have traditionally been unserved, underserved, and inadequately served can effectively access and benefit from them.

Your contribution to RVAP – at any level – supports hope, healing, and a dedication to fostering healthy and just communities for everyone. Together, we will create a world free of sexual violence. We invite you to please join us.


NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

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Provide a cab ride for a survivor to the hospital, to see a therapist, or other appointments related to their healing. Provide self-care items for volunteers during one monthly volunteer support meeting. Thank you for your help!



The equivalent of $1/week provides advocacy support for one victim/survivor as they explore their medical, legal, court, academic, and/or systems options. Thank you for your support!



The equivalent of $2/week provides emergency housing for one night for one victim/survivor of sexual violence fleeing an unsafe living situation. Thank you for your commitment!



The equivalent of $5/week provides a multi-session trauma-informed prevention education course on healthy relationships to one class of junior high or high school students. This gift level will also fund a non-traditional support group to reach racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQIA victims/survivors. Thank you for putting survivors first!



The equivalent of $10/week provides advocacy support for one victim/survivor throughout their court process. This process often lasts several years, and includes pre-trial appointments, depositions, and court proceedings. Your gift at this level ensures that a victim/survivor will not have to navigate this process alone. Thank you for your partnership!



The equivalent of $20/week provides funds for one damage deposit to help secure permanent housing for a victim/survivor and their children. This contribution could also cover the cost to deliver a multi-session prevention education course on healthy relationships to five classes of junior high students. Thank you for your generosity!

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