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Madison Rape Confidential Free

Our Solutions

We're removing the barriers between survivors of gender-based violence and post-assault support services by leveraging technology, developing entirely new support options, and mobilizing services.


Through extensive research and community engagement, we have identified three overarching areas of focus which best reflect the currently unmet needs of survivors in Dane County. 

You can learn more about our PATH, MAP, and SEE initiatives below.

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Post Assault Total Health

PATH initiatives offer quick access to free, trauma-informed, and culturally competent health and wellness care.

The Problem

Here in Dane County, survivors:


  • Lack options for free mental health treatment.

  • Have very few options for free ongoing health and wellness support.

  • Have the burden of navigating health systems.

  • Can't get specialized post-assault medical care (FNE exam) without going to an ER in downtown Madison.


Our Approach


By applying a public health model to trauma treatment, PATH projects:

  • Connect survivors to healthcare providers.

  • Connects service providers to one another.

  • Increase access to mental health and wellness care, and

  • Dispatch health services directly to survivors in underserved locations.



Mobile Forensic Nurse Exam Program–Launched in July, 2021.


PATH's mobile FNE program is DaneMAC's first effort to improve access to post-assault health care. In partnership with clinics and health facilities throughout Dane County, we send highly-skilled forensic nurses to meet survivors for their post-assault exam at a time and location most convenient for the survivor.


Now survivors can get access to the specialized medical care they need without a trip to the ER.

Current Projects

Post-FNE Continuity of Care and Counseling-

In Development phase.

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Multi Agency Portal

Through a virtual portal to a network of local service providers, MAP brings new, much-needed direction to the disorienting post-assault experience. 


The Problem

Currently in Dane County, survivor support:


  • Lacks coordination.


  • Is not collaborative.


  • Has multiple points of entry.


  • Requires initial access through deterrent methods, like phone calls and in-person meetings.

Our Approach

MAP is a new, customizable infrastructure for survivor support in Dane County that will:

  • Offer a centralized way for local support providers to connect with each other and database to better inform their work.


  • Through the creation of their own personalized, secure, private profiles, offer survivors the ability to do things like:

    • Upload the details of their assault so they don’t have to repeat it.

    • Learn about their options.

    • Connect with local support services.

    • Build and communicate with a support team.

    • Schedule meetings.


DaneMAP Pilot Project–Launched in June, 2023.


Developing DaneMAP has been an exciting community collaboration! From service provider surveys to student focus groups, we're committed to ensuring that DaneMAP reflects the diverse needs of its users.  With funding from Public Health Madison Dane County and in partnership with LOTUS Legal Clinic and RCC: Sexual Violence Resource Center, the first iteration of DaneMAP is available to college student survivors in Dane County.  We've got plans to build on this first design and expand access! 






Survivor Equity and Empowerment

SEE initiatives focus on ensuring that every survivor in Dane County has options for and access to free, comprehensive survivor-driven healing and justice.

The Problem

There are too many underserved and marginalized survivors in Dane County because: 


  • ​Discrimination continues to oppress equitable survivor access to conventional systems of support.


  • Beyond those systems, there are few alternative paths to healing, perpetrator accountability, and justice.


  • These systems, when utilized by survivors, often disempower by imposing certain outcomes and priorities upon a survivor.

Our Approach


To confront systemic oppression and our own implicit biases, SEE initiatives: 

  • Seek out and promote the expertise of those with different lived and professional knowledge than our own.


  • Are developing a system for county-wide data collection and analysis.


  • Cultivate ideas that connect marginalized survivors to support through non-conventional options.


Current Projects

Restorative Justice Program-

Coming late 2024.

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