Essay on Needs Assessment

3861 Words Jul 19th, 2015 16 Pages
Needs Assessment

I. Introduction
As a result of our research on sexual violence, its prevalence, and its impact on our society were able to identify a service gap within our local communities. A core nonprofit agency, ContactLifeline, Inc. specifically targets people affected by sexual violence and crisis. We interviewed people in the community, local educators, students, and key staff from ContactLifeline Inc. to gather professional opinions and opinions of our fellow community members and educators to see how these service gaps may have affected them or may not have. We discovered that ContactLifeline is a nonprofit agency that provides specific services to sexual assault and rape survivors for the entire state of Delaware.
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Its impact on mental health can be as serious as its physical impact, and may be equally long lasting. Sexual violence can also profoundly affect the social wellbeing of victims; individuals may be stigmatized and ostracized by their families and others as a consequence. Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting(RAINN). Sexual violence includes rape, defined as the physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration of the vulva or anus with a penis, other body part or object. Intimate partner violence refers to behavior in an intimate relationship that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm, including physical aggression, sexual coercion, and psychological abuse and controlling behaviors. History on a National Level

In the United States every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted. This means that one in six women and one in thirty-three men will be a survivor of sexual assault in their lifetime (RAINN). Approximately seventy three percent of rape survivors knew their assailants. So it is more of a myth that perpetrators are the strangers in the back alleys, they are people we know. Six out of ten

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