As the incidence of sexual assault and abuse in women was recognized by the consciousness
raising movement of the 1970’s, women in New York City developed
ways to address the problem. As a result, hospital based rape crisis
programs, child advocacy centers, specialized law enforcement and criminal
justice units, a citywide hotline and other services have been established
to meet the needs of survivors, to improve access to the criminal justice
system and to provide education to the community.
New accomplishments bring new challenges. The expansion of sexual assault/abuse
service providers has produced the need for coordination and a citywide
voice. Increased service provision has led to the identification of
system-wide problems that need to be addressed on a citywide level.
Resources have been changing rapidly and with them, the need for a clearinghouse
of information. Furthermore, ongoing innovation in the treatment of
trauma and education requires the ability to keep current with new developments.
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