Confronting Rape: The Feminist Anti-Rape Movement and the by Nancy A. Matthews

By Nancy A. Matthews

Public pondering sexual attack over the past 20 years has replaced dramatically for the higher. Activists in rape predicament facilities can declare a feminist good fortune tale, yet now not continuously as they'd pick out. via her examine of six rape predicament facilities in la, Nancy Matthews exhibits how the nation has inspired rape problem paintings through aiding the healing points of the anti-rape movement's schedule, and pushing feminist rape difficulty facilities in the direction of traditional frameworks of social provider provision, whereas ignoring the feminist political time table of reworking gender relatives and fighting rape.

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Finding this group of interested women in the Spanish-speaking community must have seemed like an organizer’s prize to LACAAW, and their approach was simply to absorb them into the organization. As often happened when a few “minority” women were recruited into predominantly white organizations without any real change in structure or strategy, this response had severe drawbacks LACAAW did not address successfully, leading to the genesis of a new organization. Mendez recounts the change in her consciousness about sexual assault that occurred as she was trained and began working on LACAAW’s hotline: As it turned out, they had a lot of Spanish-speaking rape victims, or “survivors,” as they’re called now.

Hardgrove describes the group’s main proposal, which was to organize cross-training with different departments—getting the expertise, for instance, in evidence collection combined with what mental health folks should know if they didn’t already [in order to provide] sensitive services so you weren’t treating somebody like an object on the examination table, but were dealing with her as a whole person. During this time, Hardgrove was working for the Pasadena YWCA in a Big Sister program and a 13-year-old girl was raped.

Actually our first hotline was through LARFP—Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council—because Pasadena Planned Parenthood arranged that and said use the LARFP after hours line, and there won’t be that many calls, right? And Huntington Hospital was in on it, and Foothill Family Services agreed to send their counselors to all these training sessions we set up, so that they would be aware of rape trauma syndrome and sensitive to helping people through the crisis of sexual assault. And there we were, suddenly we had a rape hotline.

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