Stop Cutting Funding for Rape Crisis Centers

 Target: US Congress

Goal: To return State Funding to Rape Crisis Centers

Rape Crisis Centers around the nation are some of the most valuable institutions to provide security, protection, and support for marginalized and abused populations. Sexual abuse ruins lives and affects people negatively for years after leading to: suicide, drug abuse, and inability to either hold down jobs or get out of abusive cycles. One of the largest issues that has resulted from the Great Recession is the nationwide threat of cutting funding for centers. Although in many cities such as Santa Fey  or San Antonio, rapes have increased  significantly during the recession by 9%, many of the centers’ funds were cut by over 2/3rds. Complete center closures have occurred across the country in Boston, Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, New Jersey and more within the last 6 years.

Budgets for rape crisis centers are some of the most underfunded  areas within state budgets even though the people who need them most are the most marginalized within American society. In Texas alone, a UT study funded by the government found that sexual assaults annually cost tax payers $42.8 million dollars for the 80,000 rapes that occur state wide annually. Out of those 80,000, a majority go unreported. Out of the 33,000 rapes that occurred so far in 2011 in Dallas, 1/3rd of them were children. Yet in Texas, many of the crisis centers must cover upwards of 6 counties a piece and they are horribly underfunded.

Like Texas, Florida is horribly underfunded and recently decided to transfer the $2 million in revenue crisis centers received from offender finds into funds for general state revenue, leaving their centers unable to provide treatment, aftercare, or even support for rape victims. This is not just a story of one state. Cutting funding for rape crisis centers is on the same par as cutting funding for planned parenthood or diminishing equal rights for women. Women cannot be held equal in value if the centers they need to escape or avoid abusive men are not in place. This isn’t just about funding within states. It is about treating women of all races and sexual orientation as equally as men.

PETITION LETTER

Dear US Congress,

It is easy in these hard economic times to slash budgets that affect only a few thousand people a year. But to cut funds for services needed by the people who are not the average, white, heterosexual male- is nothing but an attempt to keep subordinate populations struggling.  Rape Crisis Centers around the nation are some of the most valuable institutions to provide security, protection, and support for marginalized and abused populations. They help those who have been abused or attacked by men. They help keep our women population (which makes up half of the United States) safe. Sexual abuse ruins lives and affects people negatively for years after, leading to suicide, drug abuse, and inability to either hold down jobs or get out of abusive cycles.

For instance, rapes increased by 9% during the Great Recession in cities like San Antonio and Santa Fey but funding was cut by 2/3rds. In Texas alone, a UT study funded by the government found that sexual assaults annually cost tax payers $42.8 million dollars for the 80,000 rapes that occur state wide annually. Out of those 80,000, a majority go unreported. Out of the 33,000 rapes that occurred so far in 2011 in Dallas, 1/3rd of them were children. Yet in Texas, many of the crisis centers must cover upwards of 6 counties a piece and they are horribly underfunded.

Cutting funding for rape crisis centers is on the same par as cutting funding for planned parenthood or diminishing equal rights for women. Women cannot be held equal in value if the centers they need to escape or avoid abusive men are not in place. This isn’t just about funding within states. It is about treating women of all races and sexual orientation as equally as men. If rape is not treated as a serious issue, then neither are women’s struggles.

Please return funding to one of America’s most invaluable resources and help protect our women and children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Rape occurs again and again and again, in flash backs, in nightmares, in terror!

  2. Keep the ‘rape crisis centers’ operating and cut the ‘crisis pregnancy center’ scams. Keep Planned Parenthood. Replace ‘abstinence only’ school lectures with a trip to a local farm or zoo to see it in nature where it’s safe and acceptable. Use education to prevent future rape as well as treating the victims as people instead of forgotten victims.

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