Although rape has occurred throughout history, the birth of the anti-rape movement in the US occurred only in the early 1970s. In 1972, the first ra pe crisis centers were established in San Francisco, CA (Bay Area Women Against Rape) and Washington, D.C. These grass roots centers grew out of the women’s movement. They recognized that rape was an all-too-common part of women’s lives and that it had a devastating impact on health and freedom.
The goals of centers were to educate society about rape and rape-prevention and to improve the treatment of victims.
In the nearly three decades since its birth, the anti-rape movement has accomplished many of its