Our Mission

The Rape Foundation was founded in 1989.  Our mission is to support:

  • Expert, comprehensive services for victims of rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, including specialized medical care, forensic services, crisis counseling and longer-term psychotherapy, advocacy, and other forms of support.
  • Prevention/education programs for middle school, high school, and college students designed to decrease the prevalence of sexual violence and abuse and encourage young people to become “helpful allies” and safely intervene when they are witnesses in situations in which they could help prevent a peer from being victimized.
  • Professional training for police, prosecutors, medical and mental health practitioners, school personnel, and other victim services providers to enhance the treatment victims receive wherever they turn for help.
  • Public education to increase understanding about rape and child sexual abuse, change discriminatory attitudes and practices, and foster support for victim services and prevention efforts.
  • Public/private partnerships and innovative service delivery models that encourage victims to report sexual abuse, enhance their access to services, and support justice and healing.
  • Advocacy for needed policy reforms and implementation of research-based “best practices” in the agencies and institutions that serve victims.