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!
2017 was a monumental year for the movement to end sexual violence. With countless individuals coming forward to share their experiences of survivorship and the #MeToo campaign going viral, individuals and institutions all over the world are taking a deeper look at their response to the full spectrum of sexual violence. At the Rape Recovery Center, we have seen the impact of this global conversation on a local level. During the last quarter of 2017, we provided 5,245 services to 498 survivors - an increase of over 40% in both services and survivors served from same quarter in 2016.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of Utah spent nearly 10 hours reorganizing and cleaning the Rape Recovery Center offices. The Rape Recovery Center was thrilled to partner with HRC Utah for this inspiring project. These incredible individuals reflect the spirit of service that Dr. King lived his life by.
Juanita has been a dedicated volunteer of the Rape Recovery Center since 2013, and during her time with the Center she has contributed over 2,000 hours of her time!
She sat down with us to talk about her experiences as a volunteer and tell us a little more about herself.
With the holiday season upon us, many will be celebrating the close of 2017 with family and friends. While this time of year can bring up feelings of joy, love, and connection, it can also be a deeply painful time. For trauma survivors who were harmed by those closest to them, either through intentional violence and abuse or through invalidation and silencing, this time of year can be especially difficult.
It seems that we can't turn on any form of media without being confronted with a full spectrum of stories about sexual violence. Sexual violence can range from sexual harassment in the workplace to sexual assault, and rape. Regardless of the type of violence, it is important to remember that any unwanted sexual encounter is traumatic and there is no right or wrong way to feel about your experience.
For the second year in a row Ashley Love, in partnership with Yellow Rose Tattoo, hosted the "Still Not Asking For It" flash event. Last year this incredible group of artists raised just over $17,000 for the Rape Recovery Center - providing nearly 70 survivors with an advocate to support them during the 4-6 hour process of rape kit collection.
It’s 3:00 am on a Sunday morning when the call comes in.
Half an hour later the advocate enters the hospital room, met by a tired, overwhelmed woman who just experienced one of the deepest betrayals of her life.
“[The Advocate] let me know I was in control of my situation. They gave me a voice because I felt lost.”
As the number of survivors speaking out continues to grow, so does the need for comprehensive, trauma-informed healing services.