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About the PREA Coordinator

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003) In short, PREA is intended to conduct research to better understand the issue of prison sexual abuse and then take steps to protect people from abuse. Those steps included the creation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, tasked with setting national…

Consent and Boundaries Around Covid

Consent and Boundaries Around Covid

Here at the Rape Crisis Center, we talk a lot about consent and boundaries. We talk about the importance of practicing these things outside of the context of sex as part of the process of undoing rape culture and cultivating healthy and respectful relationships. The skills for setting boundaries and asking for consent can, and should, be applied to personal health and safety around covid. Having support for holding those boundaries is especially important because of the large-scale denial and gaslighting we are seeing around the danger of covid. Multiple…

Sexual Violence and Oppression

Sexual Violence and Oppression

Framing Our Work Using the Sexual Violence Continuum The Rape Crisis Center is committed to challenging all forms of oppression in our community – including racism. We join all who are grieving George Floyd and countless others, whose lives matter and were cut tragically short. We raise our voices with all those advocating for justice and change in our country. We know that our systems often fail to serve victims of sexual violence in the same ways they often fail to serve Black communities – focusing on victim blaming instead…

Changes to Our Mission Statement

Changes to Our Mission Statement

The change was subtle, so you may not have noticed that our mission statement was recently revised. Although the change was not dramatic, it is reflective of the ways the Rape Crisis Center has evolved and expanded over the years. Our Board of Directors, with feedback from staff and input from our clients, has been considering a possible change in the name of our organization. This conversation led us to evaluate our mission, and consider vision and values statements. Our board and staff have been thinking deeply about who we…

Growth and Change in Volunteering at RCC

Growth and Change in Volunteering at RCC

Adjusting to social distancing isn’t the only change happening with volunteering at the RCC right now, but it is a change that has revealed how dedicated our volunteers are to supporting survivors. This month, we sat down with Lisa and Camille to talk about how volunteering is adapting, and to share some exciting news. Please introduce yourselves. Camille: My name is Camille Rodrigues. My pronouns are she/her/hers; they is cool too. I’m the Volunteer Training and Hotline Manager. My daily tasks include communicating with volunteers, recruiting new volunteers, interviewing them,…

The Rape Crisis Center Adjusts and Continues to Serve During Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020

The Rape Crisis Center Adjusts and Continues to Serve During Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020

For Immediate Release                                  Contact: Lisa Robinson, 702.326.0334, lisa@ffwpr.com March 30, 2020 THE RAPE CRISIS CENTER ADJUSTS AND CONTINUES TO SERVE DURING SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH 2020  Las Vegas ­— April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and The Rape Crisis Center (RCC), which serves all of Clark County, is modifying its April plans due to COVID-19 and focusing on online resources and services for Southern Nevada survivors. The RCC reminds the community that everyone can play a role in ending the epidemic of sexual violence that our country has been…

Stay S.A.F.E. (Sex Assault Free Environments) and SAint (Sexual Assault Intervention)

Stay S.A.F.E. (Sex Assault Free Environments) and SAint (Sexual Assault Intervention)

The Rape Crisis Center has partnered with the LVMPD Crime Prevention Specialists to offer training for security, food and beverage, and other hospitality professionals on how to recognize predatory behavior and vulnerable individuals in club, hotel and casino environments, and intervene to prevent sexual violence before it happens. These trainings are provided at flexible times to be available to professionals working any shift. Learn how you can distract, delegate and direct situations to keep people safe. Contact Lisa M. at lisam@rcclv.org for more information or to set up a presentation…

RCC’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

RCC’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

At this challenging time, The Rape Crisis Center is fully dedicated to our mission to serve the community – all those impacted by sexual violence and exploitation. Therefore, we are maintaining our 24/7 crisis response, advocacy, and counseling services, including small group support as possible, during the current situation.  Our offices are open for regular business and our hotline is always available at  702-366-1640. We are being responsive and responsible to the social distancing and hygiene concerns of the current crisis by eliminating non-essential gatherings and meetings, maintaining safe environments, and…

Reporting Sexual Assault when a SANE exam is not an option

Reporting Sexual Assault when a SANE exam is not an option

If an assault occurred more than 5 days ago, and you are unable to have a sexual assault exam, and have decided to make a report to police at this point, you have several options. You can contact the RCC offices and have an advocate accompany you to a police station or area command close to your home to make a report. The report is always going to be made in the location where the sexual assault occurred, even if that is not where you live. For example, if you…

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