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Key Players in Sexual Violence Prevention
Since 1996, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources have co-facilitated a committee that identifies and addresses sexual violence prevention needs in the state. This multidisciplinary committee, comprised of professionals in both the prevention and intervention fields, has created a comprehensive prevention plan for West Virginia and has assisted in creating strategies.
Rural Advocate Network
In 2007, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services and the rape crisis centers in seven rural counties formed the Rural Advocate Network (RAN). The Rural Advocate Network connects advocates who respond to victims of sexual assault and stalking and also identifies and addresses sexual violence prevention needs. Counties being served under the Rural Advocate Network are: Fayette, Jackson, Marion, Mason, Morgan, Preston, Barbour and Upshur.
SANE Advisory Board
The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS) established a statewide SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Advisory Board in 2001 to examine the feasibility of establishing a network of SANE programs in the state. This board works collaboratively with FRIS to develop SANE trainings, with the goals of ultimately reducing the traumatic impact for victims and their communities and increasing the conviction rate of perpetrators.
WV Intercollegiate Council on Sexual Violence
West Virginia's residential college campuses and nine rape crisis centers partnered with FRIS in 2002 to create a statewide council to address the issue of sexual violence among college students. The Council continues to provide a forum to share resources, policies and prevention programming ideas. It has created materials that are available for use on all of the campuses.
Five statewide agencies and six rape crisis centers partnered in 2008 to establish the West Virginia Sexual Assault Response Technical Team (WVSARTT). The multidisciplinary team provides technical assistance and training to counties throughout West Virginia to increase collaboration among first responders of sexual assault, build capacity and help establish SARTs and SANE programs.