Ask Congress to support the Senate position providing $49.43 million for RPE in FY 18 appropriations.
The 2016 survey of rape crisis centers found that almost 40% of programs had waiting list of a month or longer for prevention programs.
Funding for RPE through the CDC Injury Center’s budget for Intentional Injury Prevention provides formula funding to every state and territory to raise awareness of the problem of sexual assault, support efforts to prevent first-time perpetration and victimization, and bring together diverse partners to develop, implement and evaluate statewide sexual assault prevention plans. The RPE program engages boys and men as partners, supports interdisciplinary research collaborations, fosters cross-cultural approaches to prevention, and promotes healthy relationships. Increased funding is required to avoid critical shortfalls and respond to the increased demand for education and prevention strategies.
RPE was increased by $5.6 million in FY 16.
FY 17 Senate and House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related appropriations bills included level funding for RPE. The CDC has designated the funding increase for national evaluation projects to improve the evidence base for rape prevention. It is vitally important to continue building the evidence base for sexual violence prevention. The Alliance, along with state sexual assault coalitions and local programs across the country, supports the CDC’s efforts and focus on evaluation.
However, states are also in desperate need for increased funds for community prevention efforts. High profile cases and the focus on campuses have increased the demand for prevention and education beyond the current capacity of state sexual assault coalitions and local rape crisis centers. With FY 2013 funding, the program reached over 2 million students, answered 340,000 hotline calls, and trained nearly 160,000 professionals about sexual abuse. Beginning in FY 2014, a new RPE funding formula was implemented based on VAWA 2013. While the formula provides a base funding of $150,000 for all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and $35,000 for territories, it reduced the funding provided to large states.
One in five women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape.
Nearly one in two women has experienced some form of sexual violence and one in five men has experienced a form of sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.
The CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey study confirmed that the impacts on society are enormous. Over 80% of women who were victimized experienced significant short and long-term impacts related to the violence such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), injury (42%) and missed time at work or school (28%). And, the CDC report shows that:
Most rape and partner violence is experienced before the age of 24, highlighting the importance of preventing this violence before it occurs.
The 2016 survey of rape crisis centers found that:
Almost 40% of programs had waiting list of a month or longer for prevention programs.
High profile cases of sexual assault on campuses, our military bases, military academies, and professional sports have resulted in unprecedented media attention. This has also resulted in a tremendous increase in sexual assault survivors seeking assistance from local rape crisis centers and educators as well as community organizations requesting prevention and training services. The media attention also points to the need for comprehensive community responses to sexual violence.
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