by Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault - Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault
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According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Trauma and Injury, the reported lifetime prevalence of rape in Indiana is 20.4%, with an estimated 505,000 victims. According to data collected by the YRBS*, Indiana ranks 2nd highest in the nation for rape of girls in grades 9-12. Of Indiana females, 17.3% reported rape as compared to the national average of 10.5%. In addition, 5.2% of males in 9th-12th grade reported rape. Nationally, one (1) in four (4) girls and one (1) in six (6) boys will be sexually abused before turning 18 years old. As recent high school graduates prepare to enter college in the next few weeks, the numbers are daunting, one (1) in five (5) women and one (1) in sixteen (16) men are sexually assaulted during their time in college. The majority of assaults occur during the first semester (August, September, October, or November).
It is because of ongoing primary prevention, trauma informed care and response, and comprehensive advocacy by our partners and colleagues across the state, that continued progress will be made and our vision to End Sexual Violence will that much closer to being achieved.
WHO IS ICESA?
ICESA is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized Sexual Assault Coalition for the state of Indiana. The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) was formed in 2015 and empowers Indiana communities to prevent sexual assault and serve those impacted by it through comprehensive training, advocacy, increased public awareness and coordinated sexual assault services..
WHAT HAVE WE ALREADY BEEN DOING TO MAKE THE NUMBER ZERO?
A lot! In the past year, we:
- Had seven new faces join our team! ICESA now has staff dedicated to campus initiatives, training programs, SART coordination, rape prevention education, and program evaluation.
- Offered six relevant and educational topical trainings to hundreds of professionals of various disciplines who work with victims/survivors of sexual assault both directly and indirectly.
- Successfully supported legislation that covers HIV antivirals under Crime Victims Compensation for SA victims following an assault. Prior to this legislation, SA victims were unable to receive HIV antivirals through Crime Victims Compensation.
- Are strategically working across the state to develop fully functioning Rape Crisis Centers (RCC's) to fill the significant SA service gaps and reach the underserved throughout the state.
- Continued developing Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART's) throughout the state.
- Developed the Statewide SART in collaboration with the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council.
- Helped start the conversation and supported the resolution for an audit on untested Sexual Assault Kits (commonly known as "rape kits").
- Successfully advocated to maintain and to increase the Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund (SAVAF) in the State Budget. SAVAF was increased by $1M for a total of $3M for two years.
- Successfully supported legislation to permit DNA collection upon felony arrest.
ICESA is so grateful for the gracious support of the many local and statewide service providers, stakeholders, survivors, volunteers, and the incredible generosity of so many; from serving on the front line as direct service providers to attending our Sexual Assault Awareness Month event on the canal, we are truly blessed to have your support and guidance in our mission.
HOW ARE WE MAKING THE NUMBER ZERO?
“Make the Number Zero” is ICESA’s most prominent and impactful sexual assault fundraising and awareness campaign and runs from August through September. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise funds to help financially sustain both our exisitng and broadening work to meet the needs of survivors throughout the state. In addition, the campaign seeks to raise awareness while encouraging and inspiring the public to consider the ways you can work to make the number of sexual assaults zero. What might that look like for you? What can you do today to help change societal norms that support sexual violence?
ICESA IMPACTS COMMUNITIES IN INDIANA IN THE FOLLOWIGN AREAS BY:
- Providing the foundational CORE 40 Sexual Assault Advocate Training to ensure all advocates working with SA victims/survivors have received a core/foundation knowledge of SA and the specialized needs and services of a SA victim/survivor.
- Providing a variety of SA trainings to SA/DV advocates, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), law enforcement, teachers and students, university and business administrators, social workers, and more.
- The Development of the Campus initiative, including the Campus Consortium, which targets one of the populations at highest risk of sexual violence: university campuses.
- Supporting ongoing and future public policy activity which affects survivors of sexual assault and/or the programs/agencies that serve them.
- “Filling the gaps” of sexual assault services throughout the state by establishing rape crisis centers and coordinating Sexual Assault Response Teams.
Your gift will allow us to not only continue the work noted above but move forward and expand our work to best serve our state’s 92 counties and the wide-ranging needs within each county.
How can I help make the number zero?
1. Consider contributing to the campaign.
Every dollar counts.
Some people choose a number that is meaningful to them, some just give what they
2. Print a question card.
Find our question cards at indianacesa.org/mtn0 or the link at the top of the page.
Choose a card prompt that speaks to your experience, interest, or passion.
Print on a white paper for best resolution.
3. Make your pledge.
Let the world know how we can or why we should make the number of sexual assaults zero.
Remember to use dark or black script for your response so we can read it!
4. Snap and share.
It doesn’t matter how or where. Just share your photo online to spread awareness.
Remember to tag #MTN0.
*2009 CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance
ICESA is working to ensure a consistent, compassionate, competent response to sexual assault throughout the state of Indiana. Justice for victims comes in the hours, days and weeks that follow the assault, not in the months and years it takes to hold offenders accountable.
Aug. 17, 2017, 1:51 p.m.
We strongly believe in protecting the innocence of those who others would seek to violate. Thanks for the work you are doing to this end.
Aug. 16, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Having seen a good friend become a victim of domestic abuse, I want to do what I can to prevent this from happening to anyone else.
Aug. 7, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
I am the principal of a school that works with young ladies who are a part of Ascent 121. We have seen first hand the positive effects of supporting these girls and how it has lead them to set and achieve goals.
Aug. 4, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
Good work being done with solid leadership toward getting to zero.
Aug. 4, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Wishing for the day to come when there is not a need for this kind of campaign. Women should be protected always.
Aug. 3, 2017, 10:27 a.m.
I have a close family member who was the victim of sexual assault, which has and continues to impact her life. As the father of 2 young girls and a husband, I want to see an end to this epidemic!
Aug. 3, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
I chose my number because my daughter was born on the 25th and it reminds me how important this cause is. May God have mercy for any person who would ever hurt my daughter in any way, because I most certainly will not
Aug. 3, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
100's are affected by Sexual Assault. Our Culture and Attitude needs to change so we can make this number 0.
Aug. 1, 2017, 10:19 a.m.
I'm someone who believes in fighting for all social justice and all vulnerable populations. This campaign is a great way to help ICESA continue to do great work in the community and not only help empower survivors but help to end sexual assault completely.
Aug. 1, 2017, 9:55 a.m.