For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2009

Franken, Grassley, Feinstein, Hatch Introduce Justice For Survivors Of Sexual Assault Act
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act Will Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

Contact:          Lauren Sogor – National Sexual Violence Resource Center
                        (717) 909-0710
CDC Awards Vital Prevention Funding to National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Enola, PA.- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently awarded the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape $1.5 million dollars per year for three years to continue funding its National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

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On September 5, 2009 Gail Burns-Smith passed away unexpectedly at her home. She was a founding board member of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and a tireless advocate for sexual assault survivors and those working to end sexual violence. For more information about her life and accomplishments click here.


CONTACT:   Karen Baker, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
                      (877)739-3895 x101

                      Lauren Sogor, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
                      (877)739-3895 x118

NSVRC Honors 12 Individuals with Award for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Order your copy now while supplies last.Directory of Sexual Assault Centers in the United States (National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2008)This directory provides a listing of over 1400 sexual assault crisis centers in the United States and its territories as well as contact information of state, territorial and tribal coalitions. The principle goal of this directory is to provide information that can help victim service professionals make referrals and network with each other. Please contact for more information. 

A new study from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that the violent crime rate in the United States was largely unchanged from 2005 to 2007, but that there was a 25 percent increase in rape and sexual assault over those two years. However, because the methodology for the survey changed in 2006, and because the overall number of rapes and sexual assaults is low compared to other crimes such as burglary, theft and assault, statisticians at the Bureau caution that the increase is not statistically significant.


CONTACT: Susan Lewis 877- 739-3895 ext 102 or Monika Johnson-Hostler 888-732-2272 ext 17


National Sexual Violence Resource Center and North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

(Enola, PA) On Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 2PM the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) will hold a press conference to introduce their new joint publication, Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response. The event will take place at the Cabildo Museum in New Orleans, LA.

National Relief Fund Presents Money to Iowa Rape Crisis Centers

At 2 PM on Wednesday July 30, 2008, Karen Baker, Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), will present checks to three Iowa centers impacted by recent flooding. The presentation will take place in Cedar Rapids at the Waypoint program, 318 5th Street SE.


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