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Rape Survivor Advocacy and Prevention (RSAP)


Rape Survivor Advocacy and Prevention provides advocacy and support to survivors of rape and sexual assault in Tippecanoe County. Trained volunteer advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to accompany rape survivors to the emergency room, police department, and courtroom. Advocates will also meet with survivors at the Crisis Center. They provide advocacy, crisis intervention, information on rape recovery, and referrals for counseling and support groups.  Services are free and confidential.

To reach an Advocate, call the Crisis Center at 742-0244. The Crisis Center volunteer-on-duty will assess the situation and, if needed, page the Advocate on call. The advocate will then call the survivor back and make arrangements to meet at the hospital, police station, or courthouse. Advocates will not go to people's homes or places other than those listed above.

There no longer is a separate Rape Hotline. All calls come to the Crisis Center and are handled by the Crisis Center volunteer unless advocacy is needed. Crisis Center volunteers are trained to listen and assess rape and sexual assault situations. They are also available to talk with family and friends of rape and sexual assault survivors.

Rape Survivor Advocate Training

Interested Crisis Center volunteers can attend a Rape Survivor Advocate Training, which is held several times a year. Others who are interested in becoming Rape Advocates must first attend Crisis Center volunteer training. For more information or to become involved, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (765)742-0247 or by e-mail.

Women Who've Been There

This is a free and confidential support group for adult women who have survived rape.   It meets on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Room 2-910, 1508 Tippecanoe Street, Lafayette, IN (second floor, south end of the main hallway). Any woman aged 18 and older who has survived rape is welcome to attend. Call the Crisis Center at (765)742-0244 for more information. 

This project was originally made possible through the generosity of a 1999 United Way Venture Grant.

Greater Lafayette Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition

The Greater Lafayette Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition (GLSAPC) works to bring community programs and organizations together in a way that can best educate and serve our community’s citizens.  Law enforcement, medical personnel, judicial representatives, children’s services, Purdue University, community agencies, and interested citizens all come together to make sure that sexual assault issues in our community are being addressed and responded to in a caring, appropriate manner.

The Coalition welcomes anyone who is interested to attend the monthly meetings. Any questions, please call the Crisis Center.

RAD Training

GLSAPC supports the efforts of Purdue University Police who are teaching Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems Basic Training to women in the community. This training program is designed to increase and optimize the options available to a woman who is attacked. For more information, click here.

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