Sexual assault victims urged to get help, resources available

NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Activist Bird Milliken demonstrates outside the Montgomery County Courthouse with an effigy of Bill Cosby in a shopping cart outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of sentencing in Cosby's sexual assault trial on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. In April, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. 60 women have accused the 80 year old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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

llinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA)

15(309) 797-1777
1521 47th Avenue
Moline , IL 61265
(309) 797-6534

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • 800-284-7821

Main Sexual Assault Helpline – from Main Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA)

  • 1-800-871-7741

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