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Using Technology Wisely To Improve Accessibility

There’s no doubt that technology is a double-edged sword. It can be a convenient and effective tool for expanding access to services. But unless digital systems are applied thoughtfully, interacting with them can quickly become frustrating and dehumanizing. The Rape Crisis Center turned to technology during the pandemic to provide the community with a way to use our services while protecting everyone’s physical safety. The result is that our services became more accessible than they ever had been before for people who encountered barriers to visiting our center in person.…

The 2021 Legislative Session

The 2021 Legislative Session

After a legislative session that felt particularly demanding as it juggled the impact of the pandemic in addition to a regular slate of concerns, here are just a few pieces of legislation that passed which are relevant to our work here at The Rape Crisis Center. AB30 This piece of legislation expanded the purpose of the Account for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence. Previously, funds from this account could only be awarded to non-profit organizations that exclusively served victims of Domestic Violence. Now, organizations that serve victims of sexual…

Racism, Sexism, and the Hypersexualization of Asian Women

The Atlanta shooting earlier this year resulted from an intersection of racism, sexism, and anti-sex-worker stigma that is not new to women of Asian descent. Historically in the US, racism and sexism have always intersected to create the hypersexualization of Women of Color. Sexualization is another way of saying sexual objectification, in which a person or group of people is treated as a sexual object instead of a person. When we talk about hypersexualization in this context, we are identifying the ways in which this dehumanizing objectification disproportionately affects Women…

Why Art Therapy?

In addition to one-on-one counseling and group support, The Rape Crisis Center provides a variety of therapeutic modalities that can support the healing process. These include yoga, the holistic healing workshop series, and art therapy. Art therapy is used for survivors of all kinds of trauma, but why is it helpful? Art therapy provides survivors with a way to express themselves, process their emotions, and examine their experience of abuse or assault. Creating art allows survivors to express things that they’re not able to put into words. It can also…

New Program for Very Young Survivors Launches This Spring

When abuse happens at a very young age, it can have a profound affect on a child’s development and behavior. As one of our colleagues at the Children’s Advocacy Center put it “these children have had a switch flipped on through no fault of their own, but it is very difficult to flip that switch back”. In the short term, parents and caregivers may see a variety of behavioral changes related to the trauma of sexual abuse. According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “Very young children might engage…

Re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act first passed in 1994. The original bill provided for the following: Enhanced sentencing for repeat federal sex offenders Restitution to victims of certain federal crimes Grants for state, local, and tribal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. Immigration provisions for victims Grants for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, youth education programs, and community organizations providing intervention and prevention programming Requirements for the USPS to ensure the locations of shelters remains confidential Federal research on violence against women Special research into…

Addressing Poverty Is Human Trafficking Prevention

We often think about the connection between poverty and sex trafficking as only affecting victims from outside the United States. We may be familiar with the common story of an impoverished person being offered a legitimate job in another country, only to find themselves forced into sex work when they arrive at their destination. But poverty and lack of opportunity play key roles in trafficking here in the U.S. as well. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “poverty (as noted previously for victims of trafficking in…

The Importance of Fully Funding New Policies

As we approach a new year, a new federal administration, and a new state legislative session, the RCC is preparing to once again advocate for policies that support and protect survivors. Part of that work is ensuring that new laws are adequately funded. New laws can establish important standards, protections, and provisions for the public. But when those laws don’t include funding to support implementation, the intended impact of the law cannot be fulfilled. As a result, a hard-won legislative victory can be reduced to a mere symbol instead of…

Setting Boundaries During a Complicated Holiday Season

Setting Boundaries During a Complicated Holiday Season

Usually around this time of year, we return to the discussion about setting boundaries. Under normal circumstances, the end of the year is a time for holiday celebrations that bring many of us together with friends and family. It’s a time that can be fraught for everyone, not just survivors, and we know that a regular review of how to set and communicate boundaries with our loved ones is helpful in navigating situations of family obligation. But 2020 isn’t normal for any of us. Instead of the usual family tensions…

Vote to Support Survivors

2020 is an extremely high-stakes election, and not only because it’s a presidential election year. Nevadans are voting on multiple state and local seats, including a large number of judges. Every race on the ballot this year represents an opportunity to stand up for survivors. Survivors Are Affected By Government At Every Level It can be easy to see the ways in which the federal government impacts survivors of sexual violence. Programs like PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) happen at the federal level. But…

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