DC Rape Crisis Center Overview
Programs: The DC Rape Crisis Center's programs include a 24-hour crisis hotline and free individual and group counseling for children, adults, and families who are struggling to recover from the trauma of sexual violence. We work in conjunction with Howard University Hospital to provide the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (SANE) in which specially trained nurses are on-call to perform the rape exam when a survivor is brought to the hospital. Rape crisis center companion advocate volunteers are also on call to meet the survivor at the hospital and help her through the process. Our children's counseling program uses play and art therapy to help children ages 4-17 to recover from the trauma of sexual abuse. We also have counseling available for deaf clients and Spanish speaking clients. Our Community Education staff provides hundreds of presentations reaching thousands of children, parents, and teachers every year with information about preventing sexual violence. Through Sexual Assault Awareness month in April, we provide many free specialized workshops and trainings to educate the community about the issue of sexual violence.
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