Many times when we experience trauma in our lives, parts of ourselves including our passions and creativity can be impacted. We may experience a loss of drive, passion, and inspiration in our lives. Part of the healing process is to awaken the creative life that has been hidden, untapped, or masked.
The Rape Recovery Center celebrates a big milestone this week with the launch of our first ever Entrenamiento de Asesoria. This 40 hour advocacy training will certify new sexual assault counselors in the Spanish speaking community.
In May of 2019 Billy began partnering with the Rape Recovery Center (RRC) to host a series of conversations about consent. Billy and RRC staff Megan Asadian and Jorge Barraza are deepening the conversation about healthy relationships, sex, and boundaries.
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 amazing Crisis Line volunteer, Jenna Matsumura!
It is up to us to show up for our inner child to nurture, love, offer compassion, and kindness. But most of all to bring the inner child to the present moment, nurture, protect, and ultimately heal them. You more than anyone has the power to do that.
This month, we sat down with our longtime monthly donors, Tara & Kellen schroeter to chat about their support of the RRC as a Partner in Healing and discuss the movement to address sexual violence. We are excited to share our conversation below, and take the opportunity to thank Tara & Kellen for their fierce support of the Rape Recovery Center! ❤
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.