For Immediate Release
August 9, 2019
Contact: Lisa Robinson; 702.326.0334; email@example.com
With rising demand for services, The Rape Crisis Center reports dramatic increase in support group participation and significant increases in counseling services and hotline calls through first six months of 2019
Volunteers needed to help staff hotline; RCC launches advocate partnership with
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to help meet demand
Las Vegas, NV — The Rape Crisis Center (RCC), which serves all of Clark County, continues to realize increasing demand for its services in the first six months of 2019, with marked increases in key year-over-year measurements, including an 84% increase in support group participation, a 32% jump in the number of active counseling clients and a 15% increase in calls to the organization’s 24/7 hotline.
Participants in RCC’s therapist-led support groups for sexual assault survivors and their families averaged 136 per month in the first six months of 2019 as compared to 74 during the same period in 2018; the number of active counseling clients jumped from an average of 101 monthly in the first six months of 2018 to 135 monthly during the first six months of 2019; and the RCC fielded 2,367 calls to the 24/6 hotline in the first six months of 2019 compared to 2,057 in the first half of 2018.
In response to increasing demand for services that included a significant wait list for support groups and counseling throughout 2018, the RCC moved into larger office space in early 2019, hired more trained counselors and advocates and expanded the number of English and Spanish-language supports groups earlier this year, including adding a support group for Male identified survivors. With increased capacity, the number of people receiving RCC services jumped dramatically.
“Over the last couple of years as part of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, we are seeing more and more people seeking our services for assaults that happened months, years, and even decades ago,” said Daniele Staple, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center. “The numbers speak volumes. Increased calls to our hotline, increased participation in our support groups and increases in requests for individual counseling sessions say it all. We are so glad that the expanded space is being fully utilized to serve hundreds on a monthly basis. ”
According to Staple, to better serve those who come forward with “delayed” reports of sexual assault, the RCC is partnering with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) to provide advocacy services to those who go to a police station to report past assaults. In these cases, Metro offers RCC advocacy services to the victims. The RCC has two trained advocates, including at least one who is Spanish speaking, assigned to each Metro Area Command. These advocates are poised to respond swiftly to victims upon notice.
“We work very closely with Metro on a variety of programs and initiatives,” said Staple. “This new advocate program is a prime example of our community coming together in ways that support victims and provide a victim-centered approach.”
As demand continues to rise, The Rape Crisis Center is seeking trained volunteers to help support the hotline, help staff events and increase outreach.
Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer should apply online at rcclv.org. Applications for the next training session are due August 16 and the training course begins August 20. The volunteer training is a total of 50 hours and includes learning about the services of the RCC, community resources for sexual assault victims, how to respond to individuals in crisis, how the investigation and criminal justice process works for sexual assault cases and how to represent the RCC at community events. New volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and be able to successfully pass a background check, drug screening and commit to a minimum of six months of volunteer service of at least four hours per week.
About The Rape Crisis Center:
The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by Florence McClure and Sandra Petta as the Community Action Against Rape (CAAR) with the goal of helping those in Clark County heal from the trauma of sexual violence. Today, The Rape Crisis Center operates a 24/7 crisis hotline and hospital response for sexual assault victims and provides counseling, advocacy and support to help victims begin the healing process and navigate the legal system. The RCC is also committed to raising awareness of sexual assault and engaging in prevention efforts through educational programs and community outreach, particularly to youth. The Rape Crisis Center hotline number is 702-366-1640. For more information, visit www.rcclv.org.