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What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of acts including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, unwanted touching, etc. In other words, sexual violence is any sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. Consent should be enthusiastic and affirmative communicated through verbal or non-verbal language. Consent cannot be assumed or obtained through coercion, manipulation, force or while under the influence of any drug(s) including alcohol.

More information about sexual violence, visit RAINN

Iowa code definition of sexual abuse, visit Iowa Code 709.

Statistical information, click here.

Contact emergency help

If you are in immediate danger and it is an option for you, call 911.

Speak with an advocate

Who is an advocate?

Advocates can provide emotional support, accompaniment, information and assistance in finding resources to anyone affected by sexual violence. Per Iowa law, we are confidential, free of cost and not mandatory reporters.  

How do I contact an advocate?

For an RVAP advocate, call our 24-hour local crisis line at 319.335.6000 or 800.228.1625. To learn more about what RVAP advocates do, please click here.

For a statewide advocate or referral to resources in your area, call the 24-hour Iowa Sexual Abuse hotline at 800.284.7821.

To chat online with an advocate from 9AM-9PM, visit ARCh. For 24-hour service, visit Love is Respect or the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.

Learn about your options

Explore resources

For resources in the Johnson County area, click here for a downloadable PDF.

For resources in your county, click here to visit the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline's resource guide.

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