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!
Today is Valentine's Day, a day that may bring up difficulties for many of us as we explore the complexity of love. Often times we may focus on love in relationships, yet how often do we examine our relationship with ourselves, with love, tenderness, and commitment?
On January 28, 2019 the 63rd General Session of the Utah State Legislature began. For the next 45 days, until March 14, 2019, our state elected officials will convene at our state capitol to make important policy decisions that impact the lives of all Utahans. Below you will find a list of bills that the Utah Sexual Violence Council is tracking during the 2019 legislative session. These are bills that directly impact the mission of the Rape Recovery Center, and the survivors we serve.
Each month, the Rape Recovery Center spotlights one of our incredible volunteers to highlight their outstanding service to the center. This week, we are spotlighting Finch Drummond. Finch took the 40 Hour Training in September of 2018, and has quickly brought creative and innovative ways to spread awareness to our community.
The Rape Recovery Center partnered with the Miriam Flores for our 2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign. This years national theme was “I ask” or “Yo Pregunto”. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center announced this theme stating,“ Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness — the ultimate goal is prevention.
This week the men of Beta Theta Pi dropped off funds raised from their Blue Tie Gala in November. In total this year the Gamma Beta Chapter at the University of Utah raised over $70,000 for our Center! We are so grateful for our partnership with these incredible folks, and excited for the future as we enter another year of partnership.
As we welcome 2019, we celebrate an important milestone for the Rape Recovery Center - our 45th birthday! Since our founding in 1974, the Center has been a beacon of hope for our community and a space of healing for countless survivors.
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 Ally Warner. Learn more about Ally and her work at the center below!
Self-compassion is the skill of directing self-kindness instead of self-judgment. Self-compassion is a soft tone speaking to the parts of us that are most vulnerable. It looks like caring and giving attention to our pain. It is always available, it is unlimited tenderness when we can accept reality as it is rather than ignoring the pain or trying to control outcomes.