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.

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 most advocates are 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. 

For a statewide advocate or referral to resources in your area, call the 24-hour Iowa Victim Service Call Center at  1-800-770-1650 or  text ‘IOWAHELP’ to 20121

Learn about your options

Looking for services, but RVAP isn't in your area? If so, check out some other Iowa victim service programs that might be closer to you