WAR Timeline

*It is important to note that there may be more events than are currently presented due to the limitations of compiling data exclusively from articles in The Lantern.


  • November 1st, 1971: Women’s Action Collective (WAC) is recorded as a new organization


  • Women Against Rape (WAR) is formed


  • January 16th, 1973: WAR’s first meeting
  • WAR works on establishing community safety measures through “Women’s distress shelters,” “Block houses,” and “foot and car patrols.”
  • WAR and Rape Education Project plan to implement a rape crisis phone service by February 1st, 1974


  • The Toni E. Goman Rape Crisis Center (RCC) opens
  • WAR receives $10,479 from Columbus Foundation to work on rape prevention work


  • February 4th, 1974: WAR advocates for survivors to not have to pay for their medical bills and advocate against spousal exceptions for rape --- issues of resistance
  • April 4th, 1975: WAR supports Senate bill 144 to ensure the victim’s prior sexual history is not included as part of prosecuting evidence
  • WAR/WAC fundraises for Joanne Little Defense Fund
  • In collaboration with NOW, Hillel Foundation, Wesley Foundation, Women’s Resource, and Policy Development, Single Mothers Support Group, and Women for Media Change, WAR supports “Alice Doesen’t Day” on October 29th, 1975


  • WAR receives grant money from The Ohio State University’s Office of Women’s Studies
  • WAR receives grant for ~$110,000 from National Center for the Prevention of Control of Rape for “Community Action Strategies to Stop Rape” (a 2-year project with programs starting in 1977)


  • WAR’s Rape Crisis Center meet with police to advocate for survivor-centered care and to eliminate the use of polygraph tests as a valid way to determine if a rape occurred
  • WAR hosts a series (6) of free workshops on free prevention starting April 11
  • Even though the program had been present 5 years already, WAR attempts to revitalize the Whistle Alert Program by relaunching it on May 7th, 1977
  • WAR, National Organization of Women, and Central Ohio Lesbians sponsors a 500-person rally in response to a gangrape of a lesbian woman by 3 men on the Oval in October 1977 and to assert rape is violence not rape as sexual desire.


  • WAR and a coalition of 17 women’s groups in Columbus protest sexually explicit record albums that depicted sadistic acts against women. (Jan 18)
  • WAR plans Dorm Shelter
  • WAR, WAC, OSU Rape Education Project sponsor April 29, 1978, Take Back the Night March, which had more than 250 women participate
  • WAR creates the Women’s Rape Prevention Network (WRPN) in order to organize women in the community and dorms
  • WAR advertises 8-part Self-defense class for $25
  • On November 17th-19th, 1978, WAR hosts a “First-of-it-s kind national rape prevention conference” at Stouffers University inn. conference on national rape prevention
  • WAR’s Project Court Watch research show rape penalties are rare


  • WAR advocates against the male escort services after the rape of a woman in the same area of 1977 rape spurred more discussion of escort system because it reinforces the idea that women need men to be safe at night and it being a band-aid solution.
  • The Ohio State University installs 25 emergency phones around campus
  • WAR sponsors May 16, 1976, Take Back the Night march


  • WAC consists of WAR, Toni E. Gorman Rape Crisis Center, Support Teams, Support Groups, Rape Prevention Workshops, Shelter House Workshops, Whistle Alert Program, Self Defense and Confrontation Training, Fan the Flames Feminist Book Collective, Reproductive Rights Task Force, Lesbian Peer support, Lesbian association on substance abuse, speakers bureau, and the Child assault prevention project


  • Office of Women’s Services works in partnership with WAR and WAC to refer students to external resources


  • WAR member Robin Massullo helps organize protests in regard to the alleged Steeb Gate Incident
  • WAR and the Federation for Progress sponsor the May 16th, 1983 Women Take Back the Night march with the support from numerous other organizations.


  • Take Back the Night ’87 sponsored by WAR, Sisters of Justice, Columbus National Women’s Association, and the Humanist Community of Central Ohio


  • WAR sponsors May 20th, 1989 Take Back the Night March at Goodale Park


  • Julie Quirke, a WAR counselor, says false reports similar to any other crime
  • USG Womyn’s affairs intend to help fundraise for WAR’s Rape Crisis


  • Concert held to help fundraise for RAINN and WAR, since WAR’s Rape Crisis Center is the only connection in Ohio’s Franklin County to RAINN


  • WAR's Rape Crisis Center closes its doors due to a lack of engagement and turnover (all calls from WAR’s hotline are redirected to Riverside Methodist Hospital)


  • May 11, 2005: Take Back the Night march and vigil held near OSU’s campus sponsored by Women and Allies Rising in Resistance (WARR)


  • May 14, 2008: Take Back the Night march held in and around OSU’s campus sponsored by WARR


  • May, 13, 2009: Take Back the Night march held in and around OSU’s campus sponsored by WARR


  • April 28, 2011: Take Back the Night march held in and around OSU’s campus sponsored by WARR