Services & Education To Address Sexual Violence In Jackson County

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Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Program Summary:

In 2020 the State of Missouri passed Senate Bill 569, which includes the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. The bill ensures that survivors have the right to consult with an employee or volunteer of a rape crisis center during any forensic examination and before participating in an interview with law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney. MOCSA has longstanding relationships with currently 19 hospitals in the six-county metropolitan area, which automatically dispatch MOCSA advocates to respond when a victim presents for a forensic examination.

 Whether these requests occur at noon or midnight, MOCSA is available whenever there is a need with 24-hour advocacy services. As the only resource for Jackson County survivors, MOCSA needs additional staff to continue our response to this increasing number of requests for advocacy in Jackson County.

In the first quarter of 2020 (pre-COVID-19 shutdown), MOCSA responded to 82 law enforcement advocacy services. In the first quarter of 2021, that number jumped up by more than 55%, to 128 unique law enforcement advocacy services.

In 2020, another Missouri law (Section 170.045, RSMo) now requires that school districts annually provide trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate sexual abuse training for grades 6 through 12. Training must help students recognize sexual abuse, provide students with knowledge and tools to report an incident of sexual abuse, and provide resources and outline actions that students can take to obtain assistance.

In a non-COVID year, MOCSA sees more than 50,000 students throughout the six-county metropolitan area. Since the passage of this new law last year, MOCSA is now seeing an increase in requests for prevention and education programming across our Missouri service region, especially in the Kansas City Public School (KCPS) District and other Jackson County schools. Our demand for education and prevention in Missouri communities is now beyond our capacity. MOCSA has been a strong community partner of KCPS for many years and hiring an additional Education and Outreach Specialist will allow us to expand services, provide additional sexual violence education to students and staff throughout the district (over 15,000 students), and help schools in Jackson County comply with this new state-mandated requirement.

Program Address: 

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
3100 Broadway ● Suite 400 ● Kansas City, MO 64111

816-931-4527 ●


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