ERIC Number: ED234331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Developing Rape Services in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Racial Community: Community Program against Sexual Assault (CPASA).
Bullette, Barbara; And Others
This booklet describes the development of a program in Boston designed to address the needs of minority rape victims. A history of the program is given which includes the community need for this service, community attitudes toward rape victims and racial minorities, staff training, and the development of the program as a consultation and community education service rather than as a provider of direct services to victims. Departments within the program are described, including: (1) staff training and orientation, which includes weekly seminars, cross-cultural counseling courses, and consultation with sexual assault experts; (2) research and evaluation efforts, which cover the agency, the assault victim and offender, and other community agencies that deal with rape; (3) an information and referral service for victims, which provides counseling referrals, a 24-hour telephone line, and resource materials; and (4) community education, which includes an informational packet, a resource library, and a resource manual for rape victims. The 15 current major goals of the program are listed, and obstacles facing the program, such as counselor burnout, racist attitudes, lack of male interest, and lack of true involvement by mental health and community service agencies are discussed. (WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Mental Health, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Doctor Solomon Carter Fuller Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Boston, MA.