#MTN0 2017

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. However, because of the ongoing primary prevention and comprehensive advocacy efforts for survivors by our partners across the state, we’re making strident gains in our vision to end sexual violence.

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) 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.

 

 

“Make the Number Zero” is ICESA’s most prominent and impactful sexual assault awareness campaign and runs from August through September. The campaign’s overall goal is to raise essential funds to supplement our grant funding. These funds will provide opportunitities and flexibility that are vital to fulfill our mission.  In addition, the campaign seeks to encourage and inspire the public to consider the ways each of us can work to make the number of sexual assaults zero, either through awareness, advocacy, action, or through support of ICESA’s larger effort for social and statewide change.

Get involved!

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“I am helping to make the number zero because..”

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“I support sexual assault survivors because..”

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“I will empower survivors by..”

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“I will share my story to..”

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“I will end rape culture by..”

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“I am helping to make the number zero by..”

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“Empowerment is..”

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“Consent is..”

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“Sexual assault awareness is important because..”

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What are we already 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 trainings to educate and prepare hundreds of partners to handle sexual assault both directly and indirectly.
  • Supported successful legislation that covers HIV antivirals under Crime Victims Compensation for SA victims following their assault.
  • Are strategically working across the state to develop a minimum of nine fully functioning rape crisis centers to fill the SA service gap and reach the under-served throughout the state.
  •  Continued developing Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART’s) throughout the state.
  • Helped start the conversation that resulted in a resolution to audit untested sexual assault kits.
  • Successfully advocated to maintain and to increase the Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund in the State Budget. Received an increase of $1M over two years. The total in the fund went from $2M over two years to $3M over two years.
  • Successfully supported legislation to allow DNA collection upon arrest.

We didn’t do this all alone–our progress is made possible by our local and coalition partners. 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 to serve survivors and prevent sexualized violence statewide.