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RVAP is seeking dedicated volunteer advocates to answer our crisis lines and provide in-person support to sexual abuse victims/survivors. The application deadline is August. Learn more
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SUPPORT • INFORMATION • ADVOCACY
Surviving sexual abuse and reaching out for help takes courage and strength . Whether you have been recently assaulted, know someone who has been affected by abuse or are healing from past trauma, staff members and volunteers at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City are here to support you.
How RVAP Can Help You
• We believe that you are never to blame for an assault against you.
• We are here to assist you in the process of recovery.
• We can act as a personal link between you and law enforcement, medical personnel, the University, mental health care professionals and other agencies or services.
• We help ensure that you get the information and support you need, that you are listened to, and that you are treated with the sensitivity and respect every victim/survivor deserves.
Free, Confidential Services
RVAP is a comprehensive sexual abuse response center that serves teen and adult victims and survivors. We work with individuals and their loved ones recovering from all forms of sexual violence, including:
- Child sexual abuse
- Sexual harassment
Support During the Healing Process
Sexual abuse creates a crisis for you and those closest to you. You may be feeling as though your life is chaotic or out of control. Depression, fear or anxiety is normal, and can surface days, weeks, months or even years after the incident.
Remember that this a time to take special care of yourself. If you have never talked about what happened with anyone, you may decide that now is a good time to do so. Recovery from abuse is a lengthy process, and RVAP can be a source of support in many ways:
- 24 Hour Hotlines at 1(800) 284-7821 and (319) 335-6000
- Advocacy during sexual assault exams and the medical process
- Advocacy throughout the police or University reporting process
- Advocacy during legal proceedings
- Referals for mental health, legal aid, local crisis centers and more
- Education and awareness programs for community members, professionals and students
What Happened Was Not Your Fault
Rape, harassment, and other forms of sexual abuse are crimes. They are motivated by someone else's desire to control, humiliate and harm. No matter when, where or how it happened, sexual abuse is never a victim or survivor's fault. Only the perpetrator could have prevented what occurred.