The Rape Recovery Center volunteer team consists of nearly 150 incredible individuals who give their time, talents, and passion to furthering our mission of serving survivors and educating the community about sexual violence. This month, we are so pleased to spotlight our wonderful Development volunteer, Brennan Jones!
Mindfulness can be best described as awareness. This type of awareness can range from awareness of this moment through observation of what we are feeling (emotionally), the connection to what sensations are present (physically), and further a connection to our five senses.
As we celebrate Pride month throughout the country we are reminded that we must all work create safer environments for LGBTQIA+ youth. Through a partnership with the B.W. Bastian Foundation the Rape Recovery Center is hosting a series of youth workshops through June and July. Our Qummunity Workshops offer youth ages 14-20 a space to build community and discuss topics like self-love, healthy relationships, and consent. The workshops will be held in various locations through Salt Lake County, through partnerships with Encircle, Volunteers of America and South Valley Services.
The Rape Recovery Center volunteer team consists of nearly 150 incredible individuals who give their time, talents, and passion to furthering our mission of serving survivors and educating the community about sexual violence. This month, we are so pleased to spotlight our wonderful Outreach and Education volunteer, Fiona Kuzmack!
Did you know that many studies have found that approximately 90% of women in prison are survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse? This startling statistic is what drives our partners at Journey of Hope in their mission “to improve the lives of harmed and justice-involved women and girls by empowering them through gender responsive case-management and mentorship; and with social advocacy to the systems that serve them.”
Male-identified people who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many similar feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face additional challenges due to social stigma, stereotypes of men, and skewed definitions of masculinity. According to research, at least 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused in childhood and 1 out of every 4 males will experience some form of sexual trauma in their lives (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 2015). Cultural myths and stereotypes of men can create challenges and barriers to receiving treatment and support needed in healing. Here are some facts we want everyone to be aware of in supporting male-identified survivors:
The Hope and Healing Gala is this Friday May 17th, and one of our favorite gala traditions is to honor those in our community who are working to move our mission and vision forward. This year we will be honoring Ashley Love with our Pillar of Hope Award and Vikki Kilminster-Bird with our Volunteer of the Year award. Learn more about these two incredible individuals below.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity for us to talk about an issue that impacts all of us. This May, we invite you to find ways to get involved with this issue.
This month we are proud to honor the local bars that hosted Let’s Get Consensual, a bar crawl for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alibi Bar & Place, Quarters Arcade Bar, and Tinwell. These establishments helped the Rape Recovery Center recognize SAAM through this fun, awareness raising event, and by donating a portion of the proceeds sold that night, they help fund the critical services we provide at the RRC.
As we pass the half-way point of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019, we are inspired by our community and the survivors who we have connected with over these past two weeks.
In 2018, volunteers provided 9,502 hours of service to the Rape Recovery Center. The incredible individuals who serve our agency bring a full spectrum of skills and expertise, from crisis intervention to administrative assistance. One of these fabulous volunteers is Kimberly Sagers. Kimberly started with our agency as an intern on our clinical team, and currently volunteers her time as a Hospital Response Team Advocate.
Community and connection are critical components for healing. As humans, we need others as sources of support, companionship, and friendship. We also recognize that when someone has experienced trauma: relationships, intimacy, and sense of community are impacted. During the healing process, we are in the process of building a new life and re-educating on what feels comfortable, brave and empowering in relationships.
The Rape Recovery Center’s annual Hope and Healing Gala is coming up on May 17th. We would not be able to throw this amazing party, our biggest fundraiser of the year, without our sponsors. Grandeur Peak Global Advisors has been a major sponsor of our gala since 2016. Since this time they have given $58,000 to support the critical services of our center. Learn more about Grandeur Peak Global Advisors on there website.
We are thrilled to announce that tickets to our annual Hope and Healing Gala are now available for sale. All proceeds support the critical services provided we provide. Rape Recovery Center services are offered to all survivors at no cost, so by supporting this event, you are helping provide essential resources to survivors in our community, and helping us work toward a future that no longer tolerates sexual violence.
In 2018, volunteers provided 9,502 hours of service to the Rape Recovery Center. The incredible individuals who serve our agency bring a full spectrum of skills and expertise, from crisis intervention to administrative assistance. One of these fabulous volunteers is Vikki Kilminster-Bird. We asked Vikki to share more about her experience volunteering with the center. Read more about her below!
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 uplift consent and empower our communities. With offerings ranging from our Youth Art and Activism Contest, our Annual Let’s Get Consensual Bar Hop, and our Embodied through Movement workshop, we hope you will find something on our SAAM calendar that inspired you!
At the Rape Recovery Center, we understand that self-care, coping and wisdom extend beyond the survivors we serve, but must also include the advocates who accompany survivors through their healing journey. As a way of fostering a space for staff to explore their own self-care and assessment of burnout, we sought out some support from Dr. Shannon Simonelli, who is an Integrative Creative Arts Therapist. She led a group process for a staff retreat creating a connection through imagery and movement.
2019 marks a big milestone for the Rape Recovery Center - our 45th anniversary! Our staff, board, and stakeholders share the impact of these 45 years of Hope & Healing in a video produced by Syna Harris, who generously donated her services. We wish to extend big thanks to Syna, and everyone who participated in this video to commemorate our anniversary! Check out the video below.
This SAAM we have 12 partner organizations; small and large, with diverse missions. Whether we are working with one of the three bars that are part of our Let’s Get Consensual Bar Hop or Full Circle Yoga who is hosting our Embodied Art and Movement Event. They all have one thing in common that they are standing with us to empower our communities. We are humbled to see that in a time where we are seeing an unprecedented increase in reporting and a 42% increase in our education requests, that survivors are not alone!
In 2018, volunteers provided 9,502 hours of service to the Rape Recovery Center. The incredible individuals who serve our agency bring a full spectrum of expertise, from crisis support to our clients to administrative support to assist our office staff. One of these fabulous volunteers is Carrie Larsen. We asked Carrie to share more about her experience volunteering with the center. Read more about her below!