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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 25, 2014 5:00 AM

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RVAP, supporting survivors for 40 years

It takes courage and strength for a victim of sexual assault to reach out for help. For 40 years the Rape Victim Advocacy Program has responded with support, information, and advocacy.

RVAP is a comprehensive sexual-abuse response center that serves teen and adult victims and survivors and their loved ones recovering from all forms of sexual violence.

For 40 years, RVAP volunteer advocates have staffed 24-hour hotlines at 1(800) 284-7821 and (319) 335-6000.

For 40 years, the RVAP staff has been available to help victims and survivors with the healing process, making sure that they are treated with the sensitivity and respect they deserve.

For 40 years, RVAP has provided advocacy through the medical process, the police or university reporting process, and during legal proceedings.

For 40 years, RVAP has provided referrals for mental health, legal, and local crisis centers, as well as education and awareness programs for community members, professionals, and students.

And for the next 40 years … RVAP will continue to believe and support victims and survivors, respect them and their choices.

In the meantime, let’s work together to eliminate the need for RVAP in our community and our state.

Advisory Board
Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Re: The Rosster: On Fatherhood

For the most part, it was a fun year. The end of the season was a little disappointing but this team has come a very long way in only four years. Thanks, Coach, you’ve made it fun again for the fans. I hope Patrick is better and that you and your family are holding up well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Better days ahead.

Online user rb6banjo

Re: IC renters win in court

Christopher Warnock is a great citizen for taking this on. He’s been on this issue for years for the renters of Iowa City.

I think the most amusing part of the defense (whether it’s Barkalow, the Clark Family, etc.), is that they fight tooth and nail stating that their leases aren’t illegal, and then when the judge finds that they are, they claim ignorance (“Oh, we didn’t know that part was illegal”).

In the case of the Clarks, they own nearly $100 million in rental property in Iowa City. They have no more right to claim ignorance of how to write a proper lease than a police officer does in how to make a proper arrest. They wrote these leases this way and have benefited because they counted on others being ignorant of the law. Their entire success story depends on the Illinois kids who rent in Iowa City, sign the leases, and wait for Mom and Dad to send the check. They count on the vast majority of renters never actually reading their lease, and count on them feeling overwhelmed and resigned when you take the entirety of their deposit as a profit center (for “cleaning” that is often not done, for “common area damage” even though the landlord that chooses not to put external locks on a building in a town with lots of homelessness, roaming drunk students, etc.).

They’re not a sweet elderly couple renting out an extra room in the house. Writing leases and renting property is the entirety of what they have done for decades. They’ve probably had more renters come through their properties than any landlord in the state. If anyone should have proper leases (and can afford to pay a good lawyer to make sure they are proper), it’s them.

Online user clarkshorneau


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