By Nancy A. Matthews
Public puzzling over sexual attack over the past 20 years has replaced dramatically for the higher. Activists in rape trouble facilities can declare a feminist luck tale, yet no longer consistently as they'd decide upon. via her learn of six rape drawback facilities in l. a., Nancy Matthews exhibits how the country has encouraged rape hindrance paintings via helping the healing facets of the anti-rape movement's schedule, and pushing feminist rape predicament facilities in the direction of traditional frameworks of social carrier provision, whereas ignoring the feminist political time table of reworking gender kin and fighting rape.
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The cross-training model developed by the earlier network provided the framework for the new hotline’s training. The police were invited in to talk about their part of the problem. When the subject was the medical examination and hospital accompaniment the session was held at Huntington Hospital where they tried to get the advocates familiar with the emergency room people and procedures. ” Few materials on sexual assault were available in the beginning, but within the first year Diana Russell’s (1974) The Politics of Rape was published and used, as was Susan Griffin’s “Rape: The All-American Crime” (1971).
Within three years, two additional rape crisis organizations had joined them: the Pasadena YWCA Rape Crisis Center and the East Los Angeles Rape Hotline. The growing national movement against rape that emerged in the early 1970s provided both context and examples for the founding of the earliest such groups in the Los Angeles area. Animated by a vigorous new feminism, organizations developed from divergent sources. Though they shared the spirit of the times, each group was shaped not only by an emerging redefinition of rape and gender relations, but by the micro-cultural context of the women who became involved, whether countercultural feminists or social workers, whites or Latinas.
Pretty soon, within a month or two months, I was getting so many per day…it was interrupting my work life, my home life. You know, I had two young kids at home, [and was] the sole responsibility. A hospital social worker in East Los Angeles was glad to find her. Mendez recalls how Connie Destito underscored the importance of the work she was doing: After a month or two, another woman called, and this was Connie, and she worked at the Women’s Hospital and they were setting up the first rape trauma center in this area at the hospital.