Posted by: joshjasper | April 3, 2009

Status Report

Effective today, we have 13 people on our waiting list to receive counseling services.  We have been averaging 2-3 requests for services per week for the last month.  This spike is unprecedented.  In our 16 year history, even having 1 person wait for services has rarely ever happened, let alone 13!

To be clear though, this is not to say that there has been a spike in the sexual violence committed in our community.  The reality is such that I believe Riverview Center is effectively “getting the word on the streets” as to who we are and how we can help.  Furthermore, we have 15 employees and 35 volunteers that are completely committed to ensuring the highest standard of services.  And as we all know, when you do good work, word of mouth is most often the most effective means of awareness.

13 people waiting for the opportunity to heal from a heinous crime committed to them is unacceptable.  Fortunately, we are in the process of hiring an additional therapist that will very soon alleviate this concern.  With that said though, how does a rape crisis center  prepare for reaching the ultimate goal of serving every woman, man, and child that has been raped or sexually assaulted in your community.  Take Dubuque for instance.  There are roughly 58,000 living within the city.  Knowing that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before the age of 18, that would mean that we would need to provide counseling services to 14,000 people this year to reach our goal.

We currently serve about 2% of that number….and that includes the people on the waiting list.  It’s hard for even me to grasp the enormous need for our services on a daily basis in our community.

Still think sexual violence  isn’t a serious problem here?



  1. If we work from both ends of the spectrum – preventive education to stop the violence from ocurring, and intervention for those already victimized, the numbers won’t seem as daunting as the 14,000 you mention. Perhaps within a few years that # can be halved to 7000. Still a lot, but progress.

    We can conquer this in a single generation if we – as a community – really want to.

  2. Progress indeed!

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