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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.

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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!

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Why support RVAP?

  • Caitlin Caris: Support RVAP

    Caitlin Caris: Support RVAP

    C-a-i-t-l-i-n C-a-r-i-s, little Caitlin rehearsed in her head as she walked along the narrow sidewalk during recess outside of Longfellow Elementary s...

  • Ileana Higashiyama: Support RVAP

    Ileana Higashiyama: Support RVAP

    The support of a community can make a world of difference in the way a person heals after experiencing a traumatic event and experiences growth throug...

  • Susan Junis: Support RVAP

    Susan Junis: Support RVAP

    Sexual violence is an issue that impacts all of us and it takes the entire community to stand up against it. I want to create a world in which people ...

  • Rachel Zuckerman: Support RVAP

    Rachel Zuckerman: Support RVAP

    During my two years as a Resident Assistant at the University of Iowa, I found solace in knowing that if a resident shared with me that they were sexu...

  • Adam Robinson: Support RVAP

    Adam Robinson: Support RVAP

    According to the Department of Justice, every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Since 1973, the Rape Victim Advocacy Prog...

  • Katryn Duarte: Support RVAP

    Katryn Duarte: Support RVAP

    La vida nos lleva por unos rumbos inciertos. Yo comencé mi trabajo en contra de la violencia de género por casualidad. En ese tiempo yo estaba trabaja...