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The national alliance to end sexual violence conducted a survey of rape crises centers throughout the US.  The results are alarming.  San Francisco trauma recovery/rape treatment center, like many others, has suffered major cuts in funding.  The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault reported that the city council had eliminated all of its funding.

2010 Survey of Rape Crisis Centers

The following are key points from a 2010 Internet survey of 644 rape crisis centers from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and two territories.

  1. 72% of rape crisis centers experienced funding losses in the past year:Of those centers that experienced funding losses:
    1. 73 percent lost state funds
    2. 76 percent lost local funds
    3. 46 percent lost federal funds
  2. A 56% of rape crisis centers have been forced to reduce staff in the past year.
  3. 25% of rape crisis centers have a waiting list for crisis services.
  4. 66% of rape crisis centers have had to reduce outreach efforts because of funding losses.
  5. 66% of rape crisis centers have had to reduce prevention education/public awareness efforts because ABCDof funding losses.
  6. 55% of rape crisis centers indicate that teen victims are underserved because of funding cuts.
  7. 53% of rape crisis centers indicate that elderly victims are underserved because of funding cuts.
  8. 51% of rape crisis centers indicate that victims with a disability are underserved because of funding cuts.
  9. ee61% of rape crisis centers have 3 or less staff.
  10. 60% of rape crisis centers indicate they need at least 4 full-time staff to meet the demand for sexual ABCDassault services in their community.
  11. 93% of rape crisis center staff are paid less than $40,000 a year.

For more information, please contact Terri Poore, NAESV Policy Chair at tpoore@fcasv.org or (850) 297-2000.

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