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Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI), has been around since 1978. They serve victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout western South Dakota and beyond. All of WAVI's services are offered at no cost.

Kristina Simmons is the development director for WAVI.

USD Hosts First 1BlueString Music Festival

Sep 24, 2018
Jackie Hendry

College campuses are often considered ground zero for risks of sexual assault, but many are becoming centers of conversations around consent and prevention. On Friday, the University of South Dakota hosted a music festival to highlight a population that’s often ignored in those conversations

Bridget Diamond-Welch is the director of USD’s I CARE. It’s a group of university staff, students, local law enforcement and others who are on the front lines of responding to sexual assault on campus.

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem says it’s horrifying to hear the stories of sexual assault and harassment.

She says now is a serious time in the country’s history to change the culture.

Kristi Noem says people have looked the other way for far too long when allegations of sexual assault or harassment arise.

Rapid City Area Schools

A $1.8 million grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to researchers at the University of New Hampshire will focus on evaluating and implementing violence prevention programs in Rapid City schools.

Officials say the four year grant continues work on reducing violence among teens and adolescents.  

Kenzie Wagner / SDPB

The Department of Justice recently awarded the University of South Dakota a $300,000 grant to further its sexual assault prevention and awareness programs.

Officials say CARE, which stands for Coyotes Advocate, Respond and Educate to Stop Violence works to reduce sexual assault crimes and increase victim support through community efforts.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

In a debate this week, Republican Congresswoman Krist Noem and challenger Democrat Paula Hawks reveal they’re sticking to party lines this election. Noem says she’s voting for Donald Trump, and Hawks is casting her ballot for Hillary Clinton. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday with insight from the Noem/Hawks Rotary debate, including thoughts from US Representative Kristi Noem on why she is still casting her ballot for Republican nominee Trump and the reasons Hawks' vote goes to Clinton.

Black Hills State University

School has started for most universities across the state. The beginning of a new year is usually a time for fun but for some students, returning to campus means facing a staggering statistic.

Officials say that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.

For years institutions across the nation have worked to stop sexual assault by raising awareness and promoting prevention.

Sarah Deer is a MacArthur Fellow, a legal scholar, and an author. She discusses her 2015 book "The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America" with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh.

A federal law now requires schools to offer programs to help raise awareness, lower risk, and help prevent campus sexual assault. Jason Reuter, operations manager of the Black Hills Playhouse, sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss how actors can address thorny social issues. Reuter has partnered with School of Mines & Tech, playwright Matt Stoffel, and other community and theater members to initiate a conversation about violence against women through drama.

Sioux Falls Police Department

Authorities are looking for a man they believe raped a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls. Police say the suspect is armed and dangerous, and they want anyone who sees him or the van he’s driving to call 911.

Officials are searching for 41-year-old Frederick McAbee. He’s a black Sioux Falls man who is about 5'9" tall and weighs 165 pounds. Authorities believe he is driving a gray 1999 Chevy Express. That’s a full-size cargo van. The license plate is 1BMC21.

Dakota Midday: Combating Sexual Assault in Rapid City

Apr 21, 2015

This is Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For years Rapid City has shown higher than average numbers of reported rape according to FBI crime data. In 1993 and again in 2003 Rapid City was the number one city in the nation for reported rape per-capita. Since then the community has taken on a number of efforts to combat the problem. A few members of the community explain their work on the issue.

You can find more information and resources by visiting the Working Against Violence website.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A federal law now requires colleges to educate students and staff on preventing sexual assault. The guidelines are called the Campus SaVE Act. It’s a response to the growing number of reports that rape and sexual violence are rampant on university campuses across the US.

South Dakota colleges are complying with the Campus SaVE Act to make higher education a safer environment. Some college participants are more vulnerable to encountering sexual assault.

Amy Varland

Sexual assaults on college campuses across America are in the national spotlight due to claims that many universities have ambiguous or non-existent policies. SDPB’s Amy Varland reports what Black Hills State University in Spearfish is doing to ensure the safety of its students and highlighting some of the measures officials are taking to prevent sexual assaults on campus.

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 3, 2013

Rapid City is seeing an increase in reported cases of sexual assault. 

Working Against Violence, a resource center for victims, reports a 60-percent increase in the number of reported sexual assault cases over last year.  In 2011 there were 67 cases--that number was 97 in 2012.   Officials say it’s part of an increasing trend in Rapid City over the last several years. 

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has today’s Dakota Digest on the effort to reduce the problem.