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.
The Rape Recovery Center is a proud member of the Enriching Utah Coalition (EUC), a statewide coalition made up of leaders and organizations interested in changing both the policies and perceptions that impact immigrants and refugees, and by extension our community at large.
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.
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!
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.
#GivingTuesday is almost here, and the Rape Recovery Center is hosting a 24-hour fundraising extravaganza to celebrate!
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.
1 in 3 Latinas and 1 in 4 Latinos will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, through Comunidades Unidas initiative we are able to directly provide consent education to hundred of individuals monthly.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At the Rape Recovery Center, we understand that too often sexual violence is one aspect of the abuse that occurs within a violent relationship. When rape and sexual assault happen within a relationship, it is often more difficult for the survivor to identify and talk about.
Each month the Rape Recovery Center spotlights one of our incredible volunteers to highlight for their outstanding service to the center. Our team of over 100 volunteers have given over 6,000 hours in 2018. These hours of service amount to over $72,000 in in-kind donations, and we cannot thank our volunteer enough for their incredible service.
This Indigenous Peoples Day the Rape Recovery Center would like to reflect on the current status of native communities and sexual violence.
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!
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.
Three times a year the Rape Recovery Center hosts a volunteer training to prepare new advocates as they join our team. This past Saturday we had a dynamic group of individuals, pictured below, complete this training.