Friday, February 25, 2011

First Response Action Requests Your Stories for Congressional Hearing

Following the recent episode of 20/20 which featured RPCVs who were sexually assaulted during their service, Congress has decided to explore the issue further and has asked First Response Action to provide additional information from RPCVs about their experiences, prevention and response efforts, and possible policy enhancements. This is for an upcoming hearing, most likely at the end of March.

Pursuant to that request, we, First Response Action, are gathering stories of former volunteers who experienced sexual assault while serving in the Peace Corps. We have model affidavits to help survivors tell their stories, and will share those stories with Congress affording survivors whatever level of anonymity or attribution they choose. We are also interested in the stories of RPCVs advocates and others, including Peace Corps staff (current or former) including former Country Directors, who may have information regarding sexual assault prevention and response policies.

The parameters are very open for this. We are seeking stories from Volunteers who served during any decade, in any region and who have any type of story. Every story helps Congress frame the issue of Peace Corps' response to sexual assault.

If you are interested in sharing your story, or would like further information, please contact Casey Frazee at

All inquiries will be considered confidential.

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