CARe: Communities Against Rape

Director: Janie Long, PhD, assistant professor in marriage and family therapy, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Project Manager: Shruti Poulsen, MA, graduate administrative professional, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Staff: Omari Dyson, BS, SADI contact
Dawn Pratt, MS, technical assistant
Belinda Richardson, MMFT, monthly report coordinator and graduate assistant, Department of Child Development and Family Studies

Funding: Indiana State Department of Health, Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant, Crime Bill Amendment.
January 1997-September 1999, $339,405
October 1999-September 2000, $100,000
October 2000-September 2001, $100,630
October 2001-September 2002, $83,000
October 2002-September 2003, $90,516

Term of Project: January 1997-January 2003

Description: The continuation of a comprehensive statewide effort was proposed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault and rape to youth ages 11-19 in Indiana. The Center for Families focuses its efforts on the following objectives:

  1. The establishment of an accurate statewide database
  2. Evaluation of a community building and coordination efforts statewide
  3. The provision of ongoing evaluation-based technical assistance to the administrators of community and school-based educational intervention programs

Beginning in 1997, the Center for Families developed a comprehensive incident report form that went out to 1,293 sites to use starting in August 1998. The first data report covered the last quarter of 1998. Based on feedback from sites and the Sexual Assault Database of Indiana (SADI) advisory board, the incident report was revised and shortened. The second data report covered 1999. The new incident report form was mailed out in early 2000. At its height, more than 300 sites in more than 60 counties reported incidents of rape and sexual assault to the center on a monthly basis. The report for data collected in 2001 was completed in September 2002.

The Center for Families conducted interviews with the commission, the working group, and community grantee leaders in 1998 and 1999, and again in 2000 and 2001.

The center provided technical assistance to community and school-based intervention programs from 1997 to 2003. Instruction on forming good evaluation procedures is presented at annual CARe trainings. The center received evaluation data from these interventions, performed analyses, and wrote comprehensive reports for the communities on the effectiveness of their programs.

Evidence of Impact: The number of people impacted by CARe over the years has reached into the hundreds of thousands. Because the nature of the center’s involvement was evaluatory, there was little direct contact between the recipients of interventions and the center. However, the center provided services for the other members of the grant.

Since beginning in 1998, the center received reports of approximately 1,600 rapes and sexual assaults for SADI. This data was compiled annually in a report that detailed victim and perpetrator profiles, and location and time of assault. From this data, legal criteria for various types of sexual assaults was obtained and reported. These reports were presented to only CARe constituents: the Indiana Department of Health, the CARe working group, and participating SADI sites.

Analysis of interviews with community members were completed and submitted for publication in a scholarly journal. Reports to the principal investigator of the overall CARe grant’s progress were prepared every two months, summarizing the work completed by the working group members and community grantees.

In July 1998, the center produced a technical assistance binder that featured guidelines for developing good evaluation strategies. This binder was given to all community grantees of the CARe Initiative. In addition, the center prepared statistical summary reports for each grantee that collected evaluation data. The center generated approximately 10 reports per year, which were submitted to the principal investigator and the community to which the data pertain.