According to the latest research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million women are raped every year, and one in five women have been raped at some point in their lifetimes. Last year, Day One provided services to 9,000 Rhode Islanders. Fifty percent of the victims were under the age of 18.
Throughout the month, Rhode Island advocacy groups are calling attention to the injustice of sexual trauma and reminding victims that people care, help is available, and one victim is too many. Victims of sexual assault who would like to speak with someone about options or learn about specific services available in their area, are encouraged to call Day One on the 24-hour Victims of Crime Helpline (1-800-494-8100).
In the U.S. Senate, Reed and Whitehouse both cosponsored, and recently voted to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds programs in Rhode Island that provide critical services like rape crisis centers. While the law has been reauthorized, it must now be funded. Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Senator Whitehouse, a member of the Judiciary Committee, want to ensure VAWAs programs receive the federal funding they need to provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Earlier this year, Reed and Whitehouse helped secure a $117,344 federal grant to help Day One advocate for sexual assault victims of all ages, educate the public, and work toward prevention.
Established in 1973 as the R.I. Rape Crisis Center, Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern. Day Ones mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence, and to support and advocate for those affected by it. For more information, visit www.dayoneri.org.