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Transcript THE HOUSTON RAPE COALITION The Houston Rape Crisis Coalition is a voluntary organization which originated as a cooperative effort of the National Organization for Women and the Texas Women's Political Caucus. It has long been recognized- by feminists that the rape victim is often victimized not only by her attacker but by the systems which are supposed to assist and protect her. Because the law enforcement, medical, and judicial systems were not responding to the needs of women who had been sexually assaulted, the Coalition was formed with the purpose of assisting women in obtaining the services to which they are entitled. Most women do not know what to expect after they have been raped--they are not prepared to hear snide comments from police officers investigating the crime; they do not know that they may have to wait six hours in the emergency room at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital before being seen by a physician; and they do not know how to deal with the unfair accusations hurled at them by a defense attorney in a courtroom. Realizing that many women are not informed about the crime of rape and its aftermath, the Coalition sees public education as one of its main functions. Speakers are available to any group wishing to learn about rape or rape prevention. Educational programs have also been planned for businesses that are interested in the welfare of their women employees. The Coalition sponsors self-defense courses for women in which basic protective measures are taught and conducts discussion groups for victims of rape and sexual assault so that these women can have an opportunity to work through some of their feelings precipitated by the attack. The Coalition sees as another of its chief purposes the monitoring of police, hospital, and court procedures in order to document the treatment accorded to the rape victim. Corrective measures can then be suggested if injustices are found. The largest facet of the Rape Coalition is the advocates program. Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day to answer telephone calls from victims. The calls range from crisis calls received from women who have just been assaulted to calls requesting information about rape statistics. The advocates are also available to meet a rape victim at police headquarters or the hospital or to accompany her to court. Some victims do not wish to tell relatives and friends of the rape, so the advocate plays an important role in assisting the victim through a very difficult time. In addition to the women advocates, the Coalition has enlisted male volunteers to counsel husbands, fathers, and boyfriends of rape victims as well as to assist male victims of sexual assault. Telephone calls to the rape advocates are channeled through Crisis Hotline (228-1505), which is working with the Coalition to serve rape victims. A long-term goal of the Coalition is to work for legislative reform of existing rape laws. A law has recently passed in the current Texas legislative session and, although it is far from ideal, it is an improvement over the old law. The Coalition hopes that it can be further improved when the Legislature next convenes. In order to obtain more information about the Houston Rape Crisis Coalition, leave a message at the Houston Women's Center: 524-5743. - Susan 11