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2019 Utah Legislative Session: Bills to Watch

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.

SAAM 2019: Meet Artist Miriam Flores

SAAM 2019: Meet Artist  Miriam Flores

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.

Prevention Curriculum for Latinx Youth & Families

The Rape Recovery Center is excited to announce the publication of our “Nuestras Familias, Nuestra Salud/ Our Families, Our Health” sexual violence prevention curriculum. This project was a labor of love, co-created by our incredible team of educators through funding from the Utah Department of Health. Throughout 2017 and 2018 the Rape Recovery Center partnered with Centro De La Familia De Utah and Talk to a Survivor to pilot a 10 week program at the Glendale Community Learning Center, using the Nuestras Familias, Nuestra Salud curriculum to guide the programming. Read more about that program here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Corinne Galland

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 Corinne Galland. Corinne has been a long time volunteer on our crisis line, and is always willing to step in to cover a shift when needed. Learn more about Corinne and her work at the center below!

Self-Care Strategies for Holidays

As the holidays quickly approach, many of us are navigating the complicated dynamics that accompany this time of year.  A common topic of conversation is family, relationships, and how they can impact our self-care, boundaries, and sense of connection. For those of us who have experienced sexual trauma, the effects on our family and relationships can be a significant source of pain and confusion.

Rape Recovery Center will Host an EMDR Training this February

The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) is excited to announce that we are hosting a HAP-EMDR (Humanitarian Assistance Program - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training February 15-17th, 2019.  At the RRC EMDR therapy is a core component of the foundational training for our clinicians, given the extensive research and proven effectiveness of EMDR to heal post-traumatic stress.

Interview with Our New Clinical Director

Last month the Rape Recovery Center welcomed Laura Baumgart to our team. Laura has joined the center in the role of Clinical Director, after the position was vacated by Melinda Pettingill. Melinda left our agency after 4 years of service to pursue private practice full-time. We are thrilled to have Laura in this role, and sat down with her to learn more about her background and vision for our clinical services. Read the full interview below!

Navigating the Impact of the Supreme Court Hearings

Most of us cannot turn on our choice of media without hearing about the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Since the 2016 election cycle countless survivors have bravely shared their stories of harm caused by powerful individuals, most of them men, through acts of sexual violence. These stories are so important, and the national conversation they have generated is critical. These conversations have an impact on all of us, and for survivors they are a constant reminder of some of our most painful experiences.