Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)
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Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (RCPTF):
In 2003, the Florida legislature created the Sexual Battery Victims' Access to Services Act (F.S. 794.055) and the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (F.S. 794.056) in the Department of Health.
The Sexual Battery Victims' Access to Services Act acknowledges that victims of sexual assault in the state of Florida should have access to basic services including:
The Act creates a $151 ($1.00 for the court) surcharge on offenders convicted of sexual battery and other offenses including many of the aggravated battery and battery offenses. The Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund was created to accept collected surcharges and other funds designated for rape crisis services. The Department of Health contracts with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence to distribute the trust fund monies to rape crisis centers throughout Florida. 64F-20.001 Distribution of Funds from the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence implemented a certification program for rape crisis centers to ensure high quality sexual violence services are provided to sexual violence victims in Florida. Five of the six core services must be achieved to receive trust fund money and to be considered a certified rape crisis center (.pdf - 21kb).
Annually, the Sexual Violence Prevention Program provides a report to the Florida Legislature regarding the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (.pdf 59 kb).
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