Funding for Rape Crisis Center should not be jeopardized

Funding for Rape Crisis Center should not be jeopardized

We’re sure Gov. Scott Walker did not mean for students at the UW to lose their access to services if they are sexually assaulted when he proposed allowing students to opt out of some segregated fees.

And he likely doesn’t realize the impact of the proposal on services on campus like those offered by the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. But that’s the problem isn’t it?

For some, the advocacy, counseling, support and referrals provided by the Rape Crisis Center and others is seen as part of some culturally acceptable response to sexual behavior. But it’s not. It’s a response to sexual assault. It’s a response to rape. And that fact should not be minimized by unintended consequences.

The Rape Crisis Center is an extremely important and valuable resource for all victims of sexual assault. We trust that will be recognized and its funding will not be jeopardized in any way in the state’s budget.

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