Sexual assault victims urged to get help, resources available
DES MOINES, Iowa — Sexual assault leaders in Iowa are urging survivors to seek help.
Back in May, three women accused Nate Boulton, an Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate, of sexual assault. He then ended his campaign.
This also comes during a sentencing period for Bill Cosby, who faces multiple sexual assault allegations. His sentencing hearing started yesterday, Sept. 25.
“Some of the stigma is starting to come away from talking about it and identifying as a survivor” Kerri True, with the Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said.
True-Funk said movements like #MeToo are improving the perception and stigma surrounding victims of sexual assault.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, or if you know a victim, here is a list of national and local resources that can help.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
- RAINN – Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
1521 47th Avenue
Moline , IL 61265
Main Sexual Assault Helpline – from Main Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 | www.thehotline.org
- Iowa Victim Service Call Center at 1-800-770-1650
- Text IOWAHELP to 20121