Legislation We Follow

Sexual Assault Services Program

FY ’12 REQUEST: $35 million

“To help get over the trauma of the assault, I immediately turned to a rape crisis center for support. . . the support and services I received at the rape crisis center gave me my life back!” Gabrielle Union, actress and survivor
SASP allowed us to finally open a comprehensive service rape crisis center in Dallas, Texas.” Jana Barker, Executive Director, DARCC (Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center)

The Need:

1 in 6 women will experience a completed rape in their lifetime according to the CDC.

Only 42% of rape and sexual assault victims say they reported the crime to the police.

Unfortunately, the nation’s 1,315 rape crisis centers often lack the resources to meet the needs of victims. According to a 2010 survey of rape crisis centers by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, 70% of programs have experienced a reduction in funding over the past year, 57% have experienced a reduction in staffing, 25% currently have a waiting list for services, and funding and staffing cuts have resulted in an overall 50% reduction in the provision of advocacy services.

The Solution: Available, Comprehensive Services

The Sexual Assault Victim Services Program (SASP), administered by the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice, was created through VAWA 2005 to provide the first federal funding stream dedicated entirely to the provision of direct services for victims of sexual violence. SASP funds are distributed to:

•States, territories and tribes in a formula grant to assist in their efforts to provide services to adult and minor sexual assault victims and their family and household members, as well as those collaterally affected by the crime.

• State, territory and tribal sexual assault coalitions whose assistance is invaluable to service providers nationwide.

• Culturally specific organizations that can provide intervention and related assistance for victims within Communities of Color.

Grants can be used for general intervention and advocacy, including accompaniment through medical, criminal justice and social support systems, related assistance and support services. SASP funds can also be used to provide training and technical assistance for various entities who serve victims of sexual violence.

For more information, including complete research citations, please contact Terri Poore, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, at (850) 363-2918 or tpoore@fcasv.org