Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault Awarded $550,000

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A federal office granted more than half-a-million dollars in funding for an Arkansas coalition. 

The Office of Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice approved to fund the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault for the amount of $550,000.

The funding is under the “Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Assistance Program,” according to the media release.

The release also says the Rural Program is to help increase victim safety in cases of: 

  • sexual assault
  • domestic violence
  • dating violence
  • stalking in rural areas/communities

The program helps those cases by encouraging partnership with the following organizations to report on those crimes:

  • criminal justice agencies
  • victim service providers
  • community organizations

The release says, ACASA plans to use the fund towards two statewide programs. The funding will help organize Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), which will provide training and services to sexual assault victims in rural areas, according to the release. It also says the funding will support the Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) in rural areas. 

This fund is for a 3-year period and partners include The Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence and the Ozark Rape Crisis Center, according to the release. 

For more information contact Executive Director of ACASA Monie Johnson at mjacasa@outlook.com

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