MSCASA - Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Disaster Plans

Advocacy for Sexual Violence Victims  

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, sexual victimization of evacuees during the evacuation process has been of particular concern.  Many of area’s services and programs, that would otherwise have been available to sexual assault victims, are now closed or devastated by the disaster.  In a cooperative effort to offer relief to these victims, national organizations working to end sexual violence have joined forces, coordinating their support and assistance in Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as to the neighboring states accepting large numbers of evacuees.

Advocates working in the devastated areas have requested assistance from the NSVRC in addressing issues related to: the need for courtesy reports for rapes that occurred in other jurisdictions; coordination among advocates, law enforcement and prosecution; and the development of a surveillance mechanism to track sexual assaults.
In response, the NSVRC has joined with individuals and organizations to develop coordinated assistance to these particular needs.  The following allies have offered their support in the provision of information, technical assistance, and referrals to advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, medical personnel, prosecutors, sexual violence victims, state coalitions, etc.

This coordinated effort to provide technical assistance is part of a larger joint initiative of national anti-sexual violence organizations, known as the Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims.

Please visit the Resources Section of our website to access the following documents:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or if you would like additional information about these efforts.


Cathy Nardo
Information Specialist Ext. 103        
Toll Free: (877) 739-3895                                     
Phone: (717) 909-0710 
TTY: (717) 909-0715  


For a guide to hurricane and emergency preparations, click here for a printable document.

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