Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Wednesday the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Inc. will replace the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. after having to suspend operations.
INCASA suspended operations in June 2014 after financial insolvency. The nonprofit stopped receiving and distributing federal and state grants.
“This new entity’s mission is to educate and prevent instances of sexual assault and to ensure Indiana has a strong support network for victims of sexual assault and similar crimes,” Zoeller said in a statement. “It is vitally important that ICESA quickly step in and further the goals of INCASA while connecting the various sexual assault support providers across the state, providing access to funding sources and empowering victims to break the cycle of sexual violence.”
Zoeller’s office took control of INCASA last November to assess whether it could be reformed. The Marion County Supervisor Court froze INCASA’s assets and appointed Deborah J. Daniels as receiver. Daniels is the sister of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Daniels investigated the extent of INCASA’s financial problems and whether it could be revived.
She said there was a need for a strong focus on sexual assault-related problems such as human trafficking, sexual violence against children and rape on college campuses, as well as an increase in training for established victim service providers and assistance in the development of full-scale victim services in underserved areas across Indiana.
“I am gratified that the attorney general and the court entrusted me with this mission, so critical to the lives of many thousands of victims and those who support them,” Daniels said in a statement. “Given the complex nature and dynamic of sexual assault and the many permutations of sexual victimization offers Hoosiers the best opportunity to combat the serious and often life-threatening impact of sexual assault in its many forms.”
After months of analysis and deliberation with stakeholders across the state, Daniels concluded INCASA could not survive and that Indiana would be best served by creating a separate, freestanding new entity with a singular focus on ending sexual assault, supporting service providers and victim recovery programs in Indiana. ICESA’s mission is to empower Indiana communities to end sexual assault and serve those affected by it through training, advocacy, increased public awareness and coordinated sexual assault services.
“Sexual violence affects thousands of Indiana women and men each year,” Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement. “As health commissioner, I am committed to improving both the physical and emotional well-being of all Hoosiers. ICESA’s work to help those affected by sexual violence is an important step toward achieving that goal.”
Adams is one of many prominent community leaders serving as board members of the new nonprofit organization. ICESA will immediately step in to fill former INCASA’s role in Indiana under the direction of Tracey Horth Krueger as interim executive director. Having served more than 20 years of experience assisting nonprofits involved in domestic and sexual violence, Krueger built the Domestic Violence Network from a grassroots group to a fully staffed organization.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with dedicated sexual assault service providers throughout the state to build a strong and re-energized coalition,” Krueger said in a statement. “The coalition will focus on not only ensuring that victims have all the services they need, but will also work on raising awareness and developing prevention programs to reduce the incidences of sexual assault.”
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is lending support by funding the immediate priorities of the new organization and agreeing to consider a grant proposal in December.
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