Alabama Coalition Against Rape
In 1994, the rape crisis centers in the state of Alabama came together for a meeting initiated by Julie Lindsey, the coordinator of the Montgomery rape crisis center, the Council Against Rape. This was the beginning of what was to become the Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR). The group became incorporated on October 23, 1995, filed bylaws, and began meeting regularly.
By 1997, a Violence Against Women Act grant for rape prevention education became available to ACAR through the Alabama Department of Public Health, and a Prevention Educator was hired. ACAR was awarded a Violence Against Women Act grant by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to conduct law enforcement trainings across the state of Alabama. In 2001, ACAR received funding from the Department of Justice. In 2010, we received SASP and in 2015, PREA was awarded.
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Training for allied professionals through workshops and conferences
Education of the public about sexual assault through prevention programs, website, quarterly newsletters and other materials
Advocacy for sexual assault survivors with statewide agencies and in the formation of public policy
Support for sexual assault program staff through training, technical assistance, and our resource library of books, videos and training materials
Networking with other statewide agencies that address issues of violence against women
Providing information, technical assistance, and resources to anyone seeking to learn more about the prevalence and prevention of sexual violence
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
RPE Program Coordinator
ACAR endeavors to continually improve the treatment of sexual violence and to ultimately end sexual violence.