- 24-Hour Crisis Line
- Legal advocacy
- Medical advocacy
- Police advocacy
- Systems advocacy
- Individual counseling
- Educational programs
- Support groups
- Lending Library
- Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline
All services are free and all communication between you and RVAP staff will be held in confidence and will not, except under
certain circumstances be disclosed to anyone
unless you give written authorization to release the information
(Iowa Code §915.20A).
Iowa law gives you the right to have an
advocate/victim counselor throughout any medical, police and/or
legal proceedings regarding the assault (Iowa Code §915.20).
Advocates can assist you by:
- providing information about the trauma of rape.
- explaining your options.
- accompanying and supporting you during a sexual assault examination.
- accompanying and supporting you during police interviews.
- accompanying and supporting you during court proceedings.
- accompanying and supporting you during University of Iowa proceedings.
- helping you with accomodations regarding school and/or work.
- providing you with referrals to other resources.
- helping you with follow-up counseling and support.
- assisting family members, friends and significant others.
- The role of the counselor is to listen, clarify, support, and share information
about the healing process.
- Counseling is available for victim/survivors who have been victimized
either as adults or as children.
- RVAP counselors can also talk with friends, partners, and family
members of victim/survivors.
- Counseling from a certified sexual assault
counselor is not a replacement for therapy.
- Counselors can provide help finding local resources and referrals.
Support groups focus on a specific population, with discussion topics
tailored to unique shared experience.
Groups may be offered for:
- women who were raped as teenagers or adults
- women who were sexually abused as children
- men who were sexually abused
Educational programming is offered on the following topics:
- rape myths and facts
- date rape drugs
- victim impact
- support for victims
- risk reduction techniques
- power and control
- self esteem
- dynamics of sexual abuse
- healthy relationships
- building trust
- safe dating
- gender stereotypes
- domestic violence
- offender characteristics
- bystander intervention
RVAP can also tailor individual programs to your group’s needs.
For more detailed information, visit rvap.org.