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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


This study documents the changes in the organizational structure of the rape crisis centers (RCC) in Minnesota. It compares the organizational types of similar alternative agencies with those organizational types that emerged in RCC. It considers a framework that predicts at what period in the natural history of a social movement changes in organizational structure and personnel occur. It determines how the evolution of RCC reflects this framework. Finally, it assesses the relationship between feminist ideology and organizational functioning. Several findings emerge from this study. Over time, RCC evolved from grassroot collectives into programs of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Many RCC have retained remnants of their feminist ideology in their structure. RCC accomplished many of their goals in terms of services to victims, legislative revisions, and public awareness. However, RCC failed to accomplish their original goal of changing the sexist society that fostered such sexual violence and aggression.


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