NOPRA stands for the National Organization for the Prevention of Rape and
Assault, Inc., and was re-named from the National Rape and Assault Prevention
Center, which was founded in the summer of 1964 by Frederic Storaska, after he
broke up the brutal gang rape of an eleven-year- old girl. Thus, began the
anti-rape, sexual assault awareness movement.
NOPRA is a half-century old non-profit organization helping people understand
and prevent rape and assault. It is exempt from federal income tax under section
501 (c) (3) [classified as public charity under Sections 509 (a)(1) and 170 (b)(A)(vi),
whose contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code, NOPRA is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522] of the Internal Revenue Code. NOPRA is involved in the research and education of the prevention of rape and assault, primarily to children between the ages of 4 and 14, which represents about 70% of all rapes, and usually involves someone the child knows or recognizes.
The most urgent single premise of NOPRA is to have an immediate impact on the lives of children that have the highest chance of being a victim of sexual assault. We need to discover, hire, educate and train caring, intelligent, diligent, and charismatic individuals capable of giving a live presentation to seventh and eighth grades students, and wherever possible to the third grade through sixth grade students, all to effectuate the beginning of an understanding of rape and assault prevention. Additionally, an administrative and promotional relations staff will be required to contact by phone and in person, actually traveling to as many grade and junior high schools throughout the United States to educate first the administration, then the teachers, followed by the parents – just to be able to set up the presentations to the students – then returning to show the film and provide personal presentations to the students. Further, NOPRA offers this service free as too many schools have endless red tape if there is any cost to introduce new programs.
Our emphasis on 4 - 14 year-olds stems from Mr. Storaska’s research which he began almost half a century ago, indicating that most women and girls that are raped, are raped during this age span. In fact probably 3 out of 5 children and teenagers will be confronted with an attempted or actual sexual assault, molestation, rape, sexual harassment, or kidnapping. Over 70% of these occurrences will be from someone the girl (or boy) is familiar with.
Second, we need to design and construct a retreat where the victims of these crimes can reside (with or without parents, or perhaps with separate accommodations for the parents), while they receive the psychological, sociological and emotional assistance to repair their common ground structure to enable them to return to society and be capable of coping with their environment. Last year in a county in North Central Texas, a 13 year old was incessantly raped by her step father. The mother knew what was going on, but felt helpless to protect her daughter.