skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Progressives call push to change Constitution "risky," Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire; new report compares ways NY can get cleaner air, help disadvantaged communities.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Speaker McCarthy aims to pin a shutdown on White House border policies, President Biden joins a Detroit auto workers picket line and the Supreme Court again tells Alabama to redraw Congressional districts for Black voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

IA Looks to Shelter Victims, Survivors of Sexual Assault

play audio
Play

Monday, May 1, 2023   

Iowa groups have spent the past month focused on finding shelter and support for victims of sexual assault, to help them stay anonymous and safe. The efforts won't stop, even as Sexual Assault Awareness Month ends.

There is no 'good' news in a story like this, but for Iowa, there is a silver lining. At four sexual assaults per 100,000 population, the state ranks last in the nation for these crimes.

For perspective, that number is 148 in Alaska. Neighboring Missouri and Kansas report closer to 50, according to the World Population Review.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate - whose office oversees programs to prevent sexual assault - said while the numbers are low, they are headed in the wrong direction.

"This type of issue is not reserved for the bigger counties or bigger city areas," said Pate. "This is, unfortunately, an equal opportunity problem. And we have seen statistics along those lines that have been very, very disturbing."

Pate said people don't always report these types of assaults for fear of being stigmatized or re-victimized, making exact numbers hard to track.

So, the state is finding ways to help survivors stay anonymous to create safety, and encourage more reporting.

In order to register to vote in Iowa, people have to give their address. Pate said if someone is hesitant to do that - because they're afraid of being sexually harassed, assaulted or stalked - the state offers what's known as a "Safe at Home" program.

"We provide them with an address confidentiality program, so that they can protect where they live at," said Pate. "We give them an alternative address they can use to receive all their mail, of course, to be able to use as their voter registration point. That's where we've seen a real impact."

Pate says 1,200 people from three-quarters of Iowa's counties are enrolled in the Safe at Home program, and the number participating has been on the rise since the program's inception.




get more stories like this via email

more stories
Damage seen on Maui after catastrophic, wind-driven fires swept through the area. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

Social Issues

play sound

A California group formed after the firestorm that leveled the town of Paradise is stepping up to help Maui recover from its own disaster last month…


Social Issues

play sound

Skills for reducing violence are becoming essential in schools. At the beginning of the school year, students at a Washington state high school …

play sound

The age-old theory that opposites attract has been debunked. According to analysis of more than 130 traits in a study that included millions of …


The New York City Mayor has declared a State of Emergency due to the 113,000 migrants who've arrived since spring of 2022. (pressmaster/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new report questions New York City Mayor Eric Adams' latest budget proposal for dealing with the city's influx of over 110,000 migrants. The cost …

Social Issues

play sound

A federal judge has blocked a 2022 Arizona law that voting-rights advocates say would have made it harder for some Native Americans to vote. House …

UAW members are asking for 36% raises in general pay over four years, as well as the return of pension plans for new workers. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Thousands of U.S. auto workers remain on strike, and the walkout is being felt in Minnesota. A rally was scheduled this morning in the Twin Cities …

Environment

play sound

If states like Minnesota are going to meet their climate goals, experts say younger workers will need to step into the roles to make it happen - like …

Health and Wellness

play sound

In rural Arkansas, access to healthcare can be a distant dream - literally - as almost 60 counties in the state do not have enough providers to serve …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021