Confronting Rape: The Feminist Anti-Rape Movement and the by Nancy A. Matthews

By Nancy A. Matthews

Public wondering sexual attack during the last twenty years has replaced dramatically for the higher. Activists in rape challenge facilities can declare a feminist luck tale, yet now not regularly as they'd select. via her examine of six rape problem facilities in la, Nancy Matthews indicates how the country has motivated rape quandary paintings via assisting the healing points of the anti-rape movement's time table, and pushing feminist rape drawback facilities in the direction of traditional frameworks of social provider provision, whereas ignoring the feminist political time table of reworking gender kin and combating rape.

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We met, that was the mistake or the good point, because we liked each other so much. I told her, it’s too much, I just gotta quit. And she said, no, no, you can’t! You know, one of those things. And so we said, the need is there, what are we going to do? We both felt so guilty, you know, because she was the only one also. So we said, hell, if they can do it, let’s do it. We didn’t know what the hell we were doing. So what happened is, luckily we knew a lot of women, so we trained them. Destito and Mendez’s collaboration in starting a new hotline, oriented to the needs of Spanish-speaking, Latina and Chicana rape victims was driven by two commitments: First, having recognized the need for rape crisis services, they wanted to see quality services provided in their communities.

They would break down into smaller groups and use the many rooms in the house for sessions. When the residents were evicted at the end of 1971, the consciousness-raising groups continued to meet at the nearby church in Ocean Park, which lent its facilities to various community groups. Out of this group the Westside Women’s Center formed. Rape became an important concern for these women as they discovered, from analyzing their own experiences, how common it was. Patricia Hoffman, an early participant, explains: In consciousness-raising groups, it would turn out that there were a number of women who had been raped or were victims of incest… or were getting battered in their homes.

This chapter details how three early hotlines began. The earliest group, the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW), was founded between 1972 and 1973 and corresponded most closely with the ideal typical image of collectivist feminism. Many of the women who started it were countercultural white feminists involved in consciousness-raising. The organization’s officious-sounding name is an ironic legacy of having flirted with becoming a city government program early in its history.

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