Here at the Rape Recovery Center, we talk a lot about self-compassion. Not only is self-compassion one of the pillars of healing trauma, it is also a great tool to address burnout for our staff and volunteers. Self-compassion is critical to your health and well being, yet it is often discouraged in our culture. Too often we try to motivate ourselves and others to change through shame and blame, yet research tells us that people are more likely to practice positive self-care when they are compassionate towards ourselves.
One in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and most of them will never access healing services to assist in their recovery from this trauma. Over 30 years ago a group came together to promote healing and recovery for male survivors of sexual violence. What started as a one day conference eventually evolved into what is now called a "Weekend of Recovery," an opportunity for male identified survivors to come together in their healing journey, guided by a group of licensed therapists over a three day weekend retreat. Today, these weekend retreats are offered through the organization Men Healing.
Seeking support as someone who has been impacted by sexual violence is always a difficult thing to do. For women of color, experiences with racism and discrimination often make it even more challenging to seek support and find people you trust.
This month, through a partnership with the Utah Pride Center, the Rape Recovery Center will launch a new program for LGBTQ youth. On June 22, 2018 the we will host our first "Qummunity Workshop," offering youth aged 10-20 a space to build community and discuss topics like self-love, healthy relationships, and consent. Youth will meet in separate age defined groups at the recently relocated Utah Pride Center from 5:00-7:30 pm.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the amazing community of supporters that surround the Rape Recovery Center. This week our community raised $101,270 for the vital services we provide here at the center!
Each year, the Rape Recovery Center selects one volunteer from our team of over 100 incredible individuals to honor at our annual Hope and Healing Gala. On June 8, 2018 Bobbi Gordon will receive the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award, and we could not think of a more deserving individual.
The Rape Recovery Center is thrilled to announce our 2018 Partner of the Year, Comunidades Unidas (CU), who will be honored at this years Hope and Healing Gala on June 8th. The mission of Comunidades Unidas/Communities United is to empower Latinos to recognize and achieve their own potential and be a positive force for change in the larger community. CU’s programs focus on preventative health, community organizing, family well-being, and immigration rights/services. The critical work that CU does touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually.
Each year the Rape Recovery Center honors an organization or individual in our community with the "Pillar of Hope" award for their work in moving forward our mission to end sexual violence in Utah. This year, we have selected Centro de la Familia de Utah (CDLFU) for their incredible commitment to sexual violence prevention in the Latinx community. For the past two years, the Rape Recovery Center has worked in partnership with CDLFU to develop and implement a sexual violence prevention curriculum for Latinx families.
The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) could not do the work we do without our incredible volunteers. In 2017 the 117 individuals on our volunteer force provided 11,938 hours of service, a value of $143,246! One of the fabulous individuals on our volunteer team is Melissa Tingey, who has been an advocate on our 24 hour crisis line for the past 3 years. We reached out to Melissa to find out more about her, and her experience volunteering at the center.
It seems like everywhere we turn we are hearing about the age old wisdom of mindfulness, and all of the ways we can benefit from this practice in our modern world. Here at the Rape Recovery Center, we are all about using a full spectrum of mindfulness practices to address the impact of post-traumatic stress.
The 6th annual Hope & Healing Gala will be held at Publik Coffee Roasters on June 8th, 2018. Each year the Rape Recovery Center invites our community to come together in celebration and support of our work to empower survivors and prevent sexual violence. During this defining moment of survivor leadership and #MeToo momentum, we are so thrilled to connect with the Rape Recovery Center community and raise funds for this crucial work. With a record number of survivors reporting their assaults and seeking healing services, the funds raised will go directly to support the work of the center.
As we pass the half-way point of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018, we are inspired by our community and the survivors who we have connected with over these past two weeks.
The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) could not do the work do without our incredible volunteers. In 2017 the 117 individuals who comprise the volunteer force of the center provided 11,938 hours of service, a value of $143,246! One of the fabulous individuals on our volunteer team is Ann Wright, who is an advocate on our 24 hour crisis line. We reached out to Ann to find out more about her experience with the center, and to spotlight her advocacy work with survivors.
The Rape Recovery Center partnered with the Nopalera Artist Collective for our 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) posters. This incredible group of artists are all about the intersections of art and activism, and we are thrilled to feature their original work this April as part of our SAAM campaign.
Every April the Rape Recovery Center participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a nationwide effort to raise our collective consciousness around issues of sexual violence. This year, we are excited to offer a wide range of events to engage our community in exciting ways.
Each February the Rape Recovery Center participates in national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is an important opportunity to highlight the work our prevention staff do year-round to engage teens in conversations about healthy relationships, consent, and preventing sexual violence for our future generations.
At the Rape Recovery Center, we are passionate about trauma-informed care. With an unprecedented amount of research and information available to us, we have modeled all of our healing services using the latest knowledge about healing from trauma. Key to our approach to trauma treatment is our therapeutic services. All of our professionally trained therapists are trained in specific methods for treating post-traumatic stress, like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Utah's 45 day legislative session is in full swing and Tuesday February 13th was Sexual Violence Prevention Advocacy Day on the Hill. The Rape Recovery Center's Executive Director, Mara Haight, and Development Director, Morgan Stinson, spent some time with our state legislators advocating for survivor-centered policy and state funding the center needs to serve the increasing number of survivors coming forward to report sexual assaults.
On January 30, 2018 nearly 100 community members gathered at the Glendale Library in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss sexual violence and the #MeToo movement. This event was hosted by a coalition of community organizations including KAVA Talks, Men's Anti-violence Network, Pacific Island Women’s Empowerment, Racially Just Utah, Rape Recovery Center, Restoring Ancestral Winds, Start by Believing Utah, and the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Each January, the Rape Recovery Center hosts our first volunteer training of the year. This year, we had a dynamic group of nearly 30 individuals complete this training. Over two weeks these folks spent 40 hours learning about crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, and the resources/systems survivors will interact with throughout their recovery. Now that they are certified Rape Crisis Counselors, we are thrilled to add these compassionate individuals to our volunteer ranks!