Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Since 1975, the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire has played an important role in the community, with the mission to provide resources and advocacy to victims of rape and sexual assault and prevention education to youth and adults. The RCC provides a 24-hour crisis response line, prevention education, counseling, support groups, hospital advocacy, forensics evidence collection exams, and self defense classes.
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A woman was raped in Savannah in 1974.

 

Like thousands of victims before her, she soon discovered that the “system” was not sensitive to the trauma she was going through and there were no services designed for women who were raped. Fortunately, she had a strong support system of friends. Many of those friends were members of N.O.W. (National Organization for Women) and were aware of the grassroots movement of establishing Rape Crisis Centers. They began by conducting interviews with the various agencies involved with victims and took a survey to assess the need. In August 1975, the first group of volunteers was ready and the telephone crisis line was opened. Three decades later, the Rape Crisis Center is well established as a comprehensive agency serving Savannah and the surrounding area. Each year, the Rape Crisis Center reaches approximately 700 victims including adults, child victims, and family members of victims. The RCC’s crisis intervention programs now include SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), which makes the reporting process much more responsive to the victim. 

 

We’ve come a long way. However, rape continues to be an ever-present problem that affects hundreds in the community every year. We must continue to face the challenge together. 

 

Your donations help the RCC to provide:

 

Resources: counseling and self-defense classes

 

Advocacy: support groups, legal support, and hospital response

 

Prevention: promoting healthy relationship and prevention programs

 

Education: promoting community education around sexual violence, bullying, and healthy relationships.