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Support Sexual Assault Survivors

$14,104
141%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
135 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 03, at 11:55 PM CDT
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Support Sexual Assault Survivors

Thank you to all our donors and to everyone who helped us reach our goal! We successfully raised $14,104 in 30 days. Thank you for supporting our vision to create a community free of sexual violence. ​ Even though this GOLDrush campaign has ended, you can continue to support RVAP by donating via SUPPORT RVAP.

 

On behalf of all of the victims-survivors we have the privilege to support, THANK YOU!

 

With gratitude, All of us at RVAP

 

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is a sexual assault victim advocate and prevention education agency at the University of Iowa that has also hosted the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline (ISAH) since 1999. The oldest stand-alone comprehensive sexual assault program in Iowa, and among the oldest nationally, RVAP serves anyone who has been impacted by sexual violence—survivors and/or their loved ones in the following eastern Iowa counties: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Washington, and Van Buren. This includes but is not limited to individuals of any age, gender, identity, culture, etc. 

Our mission is to provide free, confidential, trauma-informed advocacy to all affected by sexual violence and promote social change through prevention education. With state and federal funding on the decline, now more than ever we are relying on private donations to continue our services.

Although our funding needs are much larger than this crowdfunding campaign, we see this as a great opportunity to secure funding quickly for a few of our many vital services. The dollars raised through this campaign will be directed as follows: 

  • If we raise $2,500, we will be able to provide victim assistance, including emergency housing and transportation services for victims seeking support and safety as they continue their healing journeys. 
  • If we raise $5,000, we will be able to cover annual cell phone costs to provide 24/7 crisis response to anyone impacted by sexual violence throughout RVAP’s eight county service area.
  • If we raise $10,000, we'll be able to provide 24/7 in-person advocacy support and crisis response services to ensure survivors of sexual assault have access to support during the forensic medical examination and legal disclosure processes. 

Thank you for supporting our vision to create a community free of sexual violence. Your donation—at any level—will have a meaningful impact on the lives of survivors right here in Iowa. Thank you! 

 

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.

Levels
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$25

Friend

$25 is the cost of a cab ride for a survivor to the hospital or to see a therapist. It could also cover the cost for self-care items for volunteers during one monthly volunteer support meeting. Thank you for your help!

$52

Ally

$52 (equivalent to $1/week) is the cost to provide advocacy support for one survivor to report to law enforcement. It could also cover the cost of three sexual assault crisis hotline calls. Thank you for your support!

$104

Advocate

$104 (equivalent to $2/week) is the cost to provide emergency housing for one night for one survivor of sexual violence fleeing an unsafe living situation. It could also provide advocacy support for one survivor to receive a forensic medical exam, or provide one session of trauma-informed yoga support group classes. Thank you for your commitment!

$260

Partner

$260 (equivalent to $5/week) is the cost of 180 coloring books for children that teach about their right to say no to unwanted touch. It could also cover the cost for two local bars to receive bystander intervention training to help stop alcohol-facilitated sexual assault using the Raise the Bar curriculum. Your gift could also cover the cost to deliver a multi-session prevention education course on healthy relationships to one class of junior high students. Thank you for putting survivors first!

$520

Benefactor

$520 (equivalent to $10/week) is the cost to provide advocacy support for one survivor during the court process. This includes pre-trial appointments, depositions, and court proceedings. It could also provide funding for conference registration and travel for one RVAP staff member to receive continuing education. Thank you for your partnership!

$1,040

Sponsor

$1,040 (equivalent to $20/week) is the cost to provide funds for one damage deposit for permanent housing for a survivor and children. It 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!

$2,500

Golden Sponsor

$2500 is the cost to provide 100 hours of support and advocacy to survivors as they navigate the medical, legal, court and school systems. It could also cover the printing of outreach materials for every single college student in Johnson County. Thank you for your meaningful support!

$5,000

Platinum Sponsor

$5,000 is the cost to provide 200 hours of free and confidential counseling to victims and survivors and their friends, family, and loved ones. It could also cover annual cell phone costs to provide 24-hour crisis response. Thank you for your generous contribution!

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