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Upcoming Events

Kobo Gallery Reception to Benefit the Rape Crisis Center
Join us for the Meet the Artist reception of "Chasing the Horizon," a collection of abstract landscape paintings and whimsical encaustic photo transfers. A portion of the sales of Edwards' artwork in the month of March will be donated to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.

This event is FREE and open to the public! 

To learn more, visit:
http://kobogallery.com/ or 
http://cargocollective.com/christinaedwards

Bar Bystander
On Monday, March 9th, RCC will host the second Bar Bystander training for local bartenders at Bar Food, 4523 Habersham Street, from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Bar Bystander is a national initiative that  allows Rape Crisis Center staff to connect with establishments that serve alcohol encourage them to take the pledge against sexual violence.

To register for this free training, please call 233-3000 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Please see the attached press release for more details.

UnMaskerade Gala
Friday, April 17, 2015
at the Charles Morris Center
More information coming soon!

Support Group
The Rape Crisis Center will be hosting a support group Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm starting soon. Contact us for more information.

Current Openings
The Rape Crisis Center is also currently recruiting volunteers to serve in the following capacities:

Hospital Response
Responds to the hospital and offers advocacy and support to victims of rape during the initial law enforcement interview and sexual assault forensics examination. Various shifts are available during a 24-hour period.

Crisis-line Support
Receive and respond to calls from victims and survivors who call the 24-hour crisis-line. Various shifts are available, during a 24-hour period.

We are looking for mature, empathetic, non-judgmental and dedicated individuals to make a difference in our community. All applicants must be 21 year of age, complete 40 hours of training, have at least two years of college experience, and submit to a drug screen and criminal background check.

If you are interested, please send a request for a volunteer application to volunteers@rccsav.org

 
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Check out all the great upcoming programs and events. Get more information on our events.

Self Defense Classes
The next Self Defense class will be announced soon. Bring a friend or your daughter to this wonderful class.  For registration contact Rape Crisis at 233-3000 or email us.

 

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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 volunteers@rccsav.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.

 


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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

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Basic Philosophies

  • 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 the process
  • 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 agencies.

 

 
   
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