WE'RE ON A MISSION
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape advanced its mission to eliminate sexual violence and advocate for victims of sexual assault with a well-attended and energetic Advocacy Day event April 4 at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
This year, our Advocacy Day drew attention to:
At the event, PCAR highlighted the importance of funding support for the 50 rape crisis centers in Pennsylvania. These centers continue to struggle financially to meet the support and counseling needs of victims and their families. In fiscal year 2010-11, the rape crisis centers served 30,077 women, men, children and significant others. Those people include nearly 8,000 children who received individual care, and 3,333 children who participated in group counseling. Another 11,500 adults who received our services were sexually abused as children.
In the Main Rotunda at the State Capital, PCAR promoted the following state legislation:
PCAR was thrilled to be joined for Advocacy Day by members of the Keystone Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (KIAFN). Through their compassionate patient care, skilled collection of evidence and expert courtroom testimony, forensic nurses provide important services to victims of sexual violence.
Rep. Brian Ellis, sponsor of HB 2016 spoke on the need to fight human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation and abuse, and Dave Freed, District Attorney of Cumberland County spoke in support of HB 1264 to allow expert witness testimony.
Sexual abuse is prevalent in our society, but with organizations and individuals working together, we can work to prevent these crimes in the future and to protect victims’ rights today.
For more details on Advocacy Day and the legislation we’re focused on, please see the links in the box below.