Donor Focus: Tackling an "Icky" Topic
FS: Are there any inherent roadblocks to raising money for organizations dealing with domestic/sexual violence?
DR: Yes, there are many. First and foremost, sexual violence is perceived by the public as an “icky” issue. While there is acknowledgement that it exists (thanks to the intense media focus over the last several years with high-profile cases involving sexual abuse by clergy and celebrities, sexual assault in the military), the resulting impact appears to be one of two reactions: intense victim-blaming or ignoring the issue altogether.