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2nd Annual Island Women's Day
The Rape Crisis Center will be offering a Self Defense Course at the 2nd Annual Island Women's Day event on Saturday, February 6, 2016 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 51 Wilmington Island Road. We look forward to seeing you at this event. Download the flyer for more information about the event.
Support Group The Rape Crisis Center will be hosting a support group Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm starting soon. Email us for more information.
Self Defense Classes
RCC's next Self-Defense Class will be held on November 21st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Johnson High School Gym, 3012 Sunset Blvd. Savannah, GA 31404. The class is free, but a $10 donation to the Rape Crisis Center is suggested. To register sign up HERE.
“Interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)?
Become a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team!”
The SANE training program is designed for nurses who have two (2) years of RN experience and are interested in providing forensic medical assessment and care to survivors of sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) respond to perform exams on rape victims by providing timely, nonjudgmental, compassionate care to the sexual assault victim. The SANE exam may include a medical forensic exam, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, photographic documentation, referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up, and participation in legal proceedings.
The 40-hour training course is designed to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive education program. The SANE course is offered at various times throughout the year and several on-line courses are also available. The curriculum will include:
Role of the SANE nurse and other members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Emotional and social response to sexual assault
Georgia laws and law enforcement procedures
Forensic evidence collection
Expert witness testimony
Photography and follow-up services will be discussed
Participants will take part in a mock trial to develop expert witness skills
The didactic curriculum is followed up with 40 hours of clinical preceptorship over a six month period within the SANE’s community at the SANE’s convenience.
Benefits of Becoming a SANE
Reimbursement for the cost of the 40-hour didactic portion is fully refundable upon completion of the course and you are taking call
Nurses receive financial compensation per exam well as on-call pay
Paid yearly liability insurance
Membership to the International Association of Forensic Nurses
For more information contact Jan by email or 912-713-5393 or Brigitte by email or 912-844-2381
Become a volunteer!
Become a sexual assault advocate/crisis intervention volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center! Volunteers support victims of sexual assault through the 24 hour crisis line and hospital response. We are looking for mature, empathetic, non-judgmental and dedicated individuals to... make a difference in our community.
If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 912-233-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. The next volunteer training dates are TBA. In order to become a volunteer, you must attend all sessions.
All applicants must be at least 21 years old and submit to a criminal background check.
If the occurrence of rape were audible, its decibel level equal to its frequency,
it would overpower our days and nights, interrupt our meals, our bedtime
stories, howl behind our lovemaking, and insistent jackhammer of distress.
We would demand an end to it. And if we failed to locate its source, we would
condemn the whole structure. We would refuse to live under such conditions.
- Patricia Weaver Franciso
Our Primary focus is on the victim
and her process of recovery.
Confidentiality is critical for the
safety of our clients and the trust that they have
in us, as advocates.
Sexual assault is never the victim's
fault. The rapist is the one who did the raping.
Empowerment through giving support and
information will help to strengthen the victim, so
that she can follow through with the criminal justice
process, function on her job, or just get on with her
life in general. We cannot make everything ok, but
we can focus on her power as the only witness to the
crime and as a person who can regain her sense of herself.
Every victim of sexual assault has the
right and the choice of reporting and having a rape
examination, regardless of the circumstances of her
case. She also has a right to be heard and to heal
at her own pace.
Every victim is in a state of crisis
and is experiencing trauma on some level. This is normal
and it contributes to her confusion, her indecision,
and her fear. She may also be greatly affected by the
damage to her self-esteem and this can have a profound
influence on interactions with the police, medical
and court personnel.
The victim needs the police and the
police need her in order to prosecute. However, the
relationship is not an equal one. The police represent
authority and she may feel powerless and easily intimidated.
As advocates, we can be the buffer between the victim
and the police, helping her understand their role in
A victim's greatest fear is that she
will not be believed. Considering how difficult it
is to report a rape, the likelihood of anyone reporting
falsely is very unusual. As advocates, we believe her
from the beginning, knowing that if there is any falsehood,
it will eventually surface. In cases of false reports,
the victim often has other problems that should be
addressed and referrals should be made to to other