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As we feel the LOVE throughout February, each week this month we want to share how much we appreciate our local #healthcareproviders! ❤
This week: Thank you to our local nonprofit partner agencies who are working to open healthcare access for physical, emotional & mental well-being and safety for all. We thank you for all you have done & are doing! AbbeHealth Domestic Violence Intervention Program Elder Services Iowa City Free Medical & Dental Clinic Geriatric & Special Needs Dental Program University Of Iowa Dental Clinic, Healthy Kids Clinics Iowa City Community School District, Hillcrest Family Services NAMI Johnson County IA Pathways UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids Prelude Behavioral Services RVAP Visiting Nurse Association of Johnson County, IA
What can you expect to learn about during our Behind the Badge series?

- K9s
- Bomb Squad
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Defensive Tactics
- Fair and impartial policing

Plus, information on the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, RVAP, the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety's SHOUT and Nite Ride programs and more!

Register today:
2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣: a year in pictures 📸

This year we
• Hired some new, awesome staff to make your experience even better
• Led our first UScoots ride around Iowa City to end at Estela's Fresh Mex
• Partnered with OnIowa at the Kickoff at Kinnick immersion event and at our first co****le tournament to give 3 awesome students new scoots
• Hosted our first University of Iowa REACH Program intern and an annual field trip for first-year REACH students
• Were able to donate to our awesome charities more than we ever have before RVAP Four Oaks Friends of the Animal Center Foundation

This year, we’ve grown in ways we couldn’t have imagined without you! Thank you for all the support, we can’t wait to see what 2022 holds! 🤗
Three years ago today, we officially became University Scooters 🥳

We celebrated our new beginning at Big Grove Brewery alongside our awesome charities and rad new scoots. It's been an incredible journey since then and I can't wait to realize our goals the next three years.

I'm beyond thankful for everyone involved in making that event possible and a big shout out to:
RVAP
Sculpt
Vespa
Piaggio

You all rock!
- Tyler
RVAP
Charity Highlight: RVAP!

RVAP stands for R**e Victim Advocacy Program, and they provide free, confidential, and trauma-informed services to anyone impacted by s*xual violence. To learn more check them out on their page RVAP!

🍂For Scootsgiving we are giving 5× the amount to charity with every scoot purchase all month long, so stop in and support some amazing causes!🍂
Announcing: Scootsgiving! 🍂

All month long we will be donating 5 times the amount going to charity with every scoot purchase and highlighting some of the awesome work they do. Don't forget to stop into our store to take part in the spirit of giving and stay tuned to learn more about the charities we work with!

Thank you Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, Four Oaks, and RVAP!

You can also check out our web page for more updates: https://uscoots.com/pages/scootsgiving
Hi. Southeast Iowa survivor here. Yep, rural Iowa. I’m curious, is Iowa City RVAP aware that June is also PTSD Awareness Month?
Faces of PTSD reports, “The most widely studied psychological consequence of s*xual assault is PTSD. Data from a large-scale study comparing the effects of different types of traumatic events suggest that the experience of a s*xual assault may be more likely to lead to PTSD than other types of traumatic events. In this study, 45% of the women who reported having experienced a r**e met criteria for PTSD. This was significantly higher than the 38.8% rate of PTSD among men who had experienced combat. Sexual assault appeared to be extremely difficult for men as well (65% of men who had been r**ed met criteria for PTSD), but the proportion of men in the study who experienced a r**e (0.7%) was significantly smaller than the proportion of women who did (9.2%).”

Vital Records reports, “about 30 percent of all PTSD cases in the United States can be attributed to s*xual violence alone. This statistic is alarming, especially considering that one in three women and one in six men experience some form of s*xual violence in their lifetimes.”

So, in conclusion if the R**e Victim Advocacy Program is suppose to be for survivors of s*xual assault, how about education on more than just the LGBTQA+ community and giving us back a safe area in rural communities in Southeast Iowa. I for one find it hard it feel like I matter when you have closed the Burlington, Mt Pleasant, and Keokuk offices. I’m not saying any of this out of hate. Just facts. Do we in the rural communities NOT matter?
The link posted here https://rvap.uiowa.edu/s*xual-assault-awareness-month/ for today's self advocacy workshop isn't working. Can you please help me find the right one?
It’s not too late to join RVAP for some creative and innovative events for #SAAM2021. Check out everything they have going on this week!
Be sure to check out RVAP's virtual Clothesline Project! #SAAM21
Thank you Domestic Violence Intervention Program and RVAP for advocating for survivors and the need for investments in victim service programs.

RVAP provides free, confidential, trauma-informed services to people affected by s*xual violence & promotes social change through prevention education.

RVAP is a s*xual assault victim advocate and prevention agency based out of Iowa City that also hosts the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline. While the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline supports survivors throughout the entire state, RVAP provides additional advocacy, counseling and prevention services to the following counties through 3 outreach offices: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Washington, Van Buren.

24-Hour Support & Crisis Line: 319.335.6000
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline: 800.284.7821

Operating as usual

02/22/2022

Support RVAP’s mission to create a world free from sexual violence this 2s Day!

Just as sexual trauma often occurs in relationship, so too relationships can be a key to healing. At RVAP we are privileged and committed to provide free, confidential and trauma-informed opportunities for victims/survivors to build a trusting, healthy connection with another human being. Within this healing relationship, our clients regain power & control in their lives, and progress along their healing journey. In fact, everything RVAP does – from support to prevention to impacting social change – is anchored in relationship…the power of 2!

So on this special 2s Day, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution of $2 / $22 / $222 / $2,222 or beyond to RVAP as we continue working towards our mission of creating a world free from sexual violence. Every dollar helps. Truly!

Please donate here: https://rvap.uiowa.edu/give

In addition to making a tax-deductible donation today, what else can you do to support our mission?

•Share this post/message & invite others you care about to join the movement as well!
•Volunteer with us (https://rvap.uiowa.edu/volunteer)
•Invite us to provide a training at your business or school ([email protected] / 319-335-6001)
•Follow us on social media

Thank you for your consideration & support!

02/22/2022

Support RVAP’s mission this 2s Day!

Just as sexual trauma often occurs in relationship, so too relationships can be a key to healing. At RVAP we are privileged and committed to provide free, confidential and trauma-informed opportunities for victims/survivors to build a trusting, healthy connection with another human being. Within this healing relationship, our clients regain power & control in their lives, and progress along their healing journey. In fact, everything RVAP does – from support to prevention to impacting social change – is anchored in relationship…the power of 2!

So on this special 2s Day, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution of $2 / $22 / $222 / $2,222 or beyond to RVAP as we continue working towards our mission of creating a world free from sexual violence. Every dollar helps. Truly!

Please donate here: https://rvap.uiowa.edu/give

In addition to making a tax-deductible donation today, what else can you do to support our mission?

•Share this post/message & invite others you care about to join the movement as well!
•Volunteer with us (https://rvap.uiowa.edu/volunteer)
•Invite us to provide a training at your business or school ([email protected] / 319-335-6001)
•Follow us on social media

Thank you for your consideration & support!

How Christine Grant Changed the Game | University of Iowa 02/21/2022

How Christine Grant Changed the Game | University of Iowa

“Christine Grant changed the game.” AND the world thanks to her courageous leadership in getting Title IX passed in 1972.

In addition to the great many changes Title IX led to in athletics, this landmark legislation also established critical rights for those experiencing sexual violence in schools.

The year after Title IX was passed, RVAP was established at the University of Iowa. We are privileged to carry on Dr. Grant’s vision still today.

Thank you, Dr. Grant!

https://magazine.foriowa.org/story.php?ed=true&storyid=2168#

How Christine Grant Changed the Game | University of Iowa Christine Grant (70BA, 74PhD) arrived in Iowa City in 1968 eager to immerse herself in a Big Ten town with a rich sports tradition. The Scotland native and former coach of the Canadian national field hockey team marveled at the state's passion for Hawkeye sports and the tens of thousands of football...

02/04/2022

Join our NEW support group: Healing Group for Coffee Lovers

Participants will learn to make various coffee drinks, including macchiatos and lattes, and have a space to connect with other survivors. Please fill out the survey in advance to sign up at https://forms.gle/ifpDXThzd9pThgUh9.

Learn more about our support groups and see a full list of groups in progress.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact RVAP in advance at 319-335-6001 or email [email protected].

Military sexual harassment will be a crime under new White House executive order 01/27/2022

Military sexual harassment will be a crime under new White House executive order

Progress… #BelieveSurvivors
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2022/01/25/military-sexual-harassment-will-be-a-crime-under-new-white-house-executive-order/

Military sexual harassment will be a crime under new White House executive order President Joe Biden is expected to sign the order Wednesday afternoon.

01/21/2022

Join our NEW support group: Healing Group for Coffee Lovers

Participants will learn to make various coffee drinks, including macchiatos and lattes, and have a space to connect with other survivors. Please fill out the survey in advance to sign up at:
https://forms.gle/ifpDXThzd9pThgUh9.

Learn more about our support groups and see a full list of groups in progress.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact RVAP in advance at 319-335-6001 or email [email protected].

Seven years later, Meskwaki woman still missing 01/18/2022

Seven years later, Meskwaki woman still missing

Anyone with information on where Rita Papakee might be or have information leading directly to her whereabouts, please contact Det. Kimberly Schwartz at the Meskwaki Nation Police Department at (641) 484-4844, the Tip Line at (641) 484-5400, or the Tama County Dispatch at (641) 484-3760.

Seven years later, Meskwaki woman still missing Papakee, a mother of four, was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel near Tama on January 16, 2015, and has not been heard from since.

Photos from RVAP's post 01/01/2022

We are starting 2022 with heavy hearts in response to the passing of Dr. Christine Grant. RVAP simply would not exist in the way that we do without the courage, leadership, and activism of Dr. Grant. Her influence led to Title IX being signed into law in 1972. While many will recognize the important impact on gender equality in college athletics, the implications of Title IX are far-reaching and significant. This legislation was pivotal for the advancement of campus justice and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Specifically, Title IX prohibits all forms of sexual violence, protecting all genders. The long list of her trailblazing accomplishments will continue to influence and impact lives throughout the country. She also leaves a lasting impact here locally where among her great many contributions she served on RVAP’s Advisory Board for many years, and received the RVAP Changemaker Award in 2018.

This morning we hold Dr. Grant’s family & friends in our hearts, and remain committed to carrying on her profound legacy. Rest in Power, Dr. Grant.❤️

Photos from RVAP's post 12/03/2021

Please join us at Mirage TODAY!!!!

Join the @uiowa community in this celebration of self-expression in all its forms as we partner to build a community that supports individuals being their authentic self. Regardless of how you identify, this event is for you.

https://events.uiowa.edu/56515

11/30/2021

Join our movement!

On this Giving Today, please consider joining the movement to end sexual violence. Donate to the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) and help us sustain and grow our critical services.

https://donate.givetoiowa.org/s/1773/giving/19/interior.aspx?sid=1773&gid=2&pgid=509&cid=1288&bledit=1&dids=17.579&sort=1&appealcode=GFWEB

#givingtuesday #endsexualviolence #startbybelieving #believesurvivors

10/29/2021

If you’re at the University of Iowa today be sure to stop by Burge Hall for Pumpkins & Protection. We’re here from 11am-2pm with free goodies and information about safe sex, consent, and RVAP’s services!
#believesurvivors #startbybelieving

Timeline Photos 10/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Widespread societal messaging has led people to believe that non-trans women are the only ones impacted by intimate partner violence (IPV). This belief has transferred over to trans communities too – where there is often a belief that trans women or trans-feminine people are disproportionately affected. The reality is that trans-masculine and trans-feminine people experience nearly identical rates of IPV.

#DVAM2021

[Image: Text: “Rates of IPV are almost identical for trans-masc and trans-femme people.” Large group of people, appearing to be in a trans-focused march on a rainy street. People in front are wearing blue/pink/white t-shirts. FORGE logo.]

10/15/2021

RVAP is launching a new support group! If you’re a victim/survivor feeling isolated, then please consider joining our new healing group. This is ideal for victims/survivors interested in learning to make different “fancy” coffee drinks, such as lattes, macchiatos, etc. From there, this will be an opportunity to connect with other victims/survivors and reduce some of the isolation that is so common after sexual assault.

This group is every other Saturday from 9-10:30am starting on October 30th.

Please contact Madison: [email protected] to sign up.

10/13/2021

Join us at #FreshCheckDayUIowa in the @uiowaimu TODAY. Spending time thinking about mental wellness & learning about critical resources is something we all need to remember to do for ourselves and with one another. You deserve support & you aren’t alone.
#believesurvivors #startbybelieving

10/05/2021

Join our friends U for Us for a presentation of "It Happened Here." Screenings on Thursday October 7th at 8 pm and Thursday October 14th at 8 pm in the IMU Big Ten Theater. Masks are required at these screenings!

09/29/2021

Excited to be visiting with students and staff at Southeastern Community College for today’s CARE Fair in West Burlington!

09/11/2021

RVAP provides free, confidential, 24/7 support to anyone impacted by sexual violence.

Free & confidential support

Call us anytime:
800-228-6057
or
319-335-6000

09/04/2021

Sexual violence is about power and control.

As individuals & as a community the best we can do is pause when we learn about sexual violence. This way we can avoid reacting according to our own needs, and we can instead effectively listen to the victim/survivor.

We can center their humanity.

How?

Give them space to express and emote as they want & need. This may happen immediately following an assault, and this may gain decades later. There is no wrong time and no wrong way for a victim/survivor to disclose and seek support.

As allies, there are times when our instincts about what they need are correct. Many times though, what we may assume they need is actually quite different. In these Moments reacting on our well-meaning assumptions can actually be harmful.

Instead, pause. Allow your own humanity to be. As an ally you get to feel and think all that you instinctively feel and think.

And then when you’re able, remember to CENTER VICTIMS/SURVIVORS.

Always. In all ways.

Creating a world free of sexual violence takes ALL OF US.

Want to learn how you can do this, or seeking free & confidential support for yourself or a loved one?
Contact RVAP. Anytime.

RVAP’s 24-hour support line: 319.335.6000 or 800.228.1625

#startbybelieving #centervictims #centersurvivors #endsexualviolence #traumainformed #rvap

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