Mission: The Rape Crisis Center works within Dane County to offer and promote hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence, and strives through education and outreach to create social change to end sexual violence.
Programs: Through the 24/7 helpline (formerly known as the crisis phone line), 608-251-rape (7273), the rape crisis center provided immediate support on over 2,260 calls and responded with in-person advocacy for over 430 accompaniments to the hospital for a sexual assault nurse examiner medical and forensic evidence collection exam or to meet with law enforcement to support a client during the assault report. A dedicated helpline answered in spanish, 608-25valor (258-2567), provided access to the center's free services for those whose primary language is spanish. All services are provided free of charge to victims. A university of wisconsin-madison grant assures access for its students.
rape crisis center counselors provided free individual counseling to 200 individuals for a total of 910 sessions, plus 43 individuals for the center's drop-in support group and 93 clients in support groups at the dane county jail. These programs are all designed to help victims/survivors heal from the trauma of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse and incorporate the crimes committed against them into their lives in a healthful manner.
community education and outreach is designed to increase community awareness of the rape crisis center's free services and to create partnerships and community ownerships of the underlying beliefs and attitudes that have normalized sexual assault. Over 4,000 men, women and teens participated in agency workshops, including chimera assertiveness and self-defense designed for women. Sexual assault awareness month activities in april reached thousands more.
There are so many things to like about the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County. The organization is professional, extremely well run and values its volunteers. All volunteers go through 20 hours of training and observe two actual RCC crisis line shifts before they can become volunteers. I have been volunteering on the crisis line for just over a year and I have found the work to be very rewarding. The crisis line operates 24/7, and provides short-term support and resource referrals to women and men who have been hurt by sexual violence. Sometimes I may handle a call from someone who was recently assaulted, while the next call that comes in may be from someone whose assault happened years ago. The Volunteer Coordinator on staff at RCC is always available to provide ongoing support to volunteers as we cover our shifts. I also volunteer at RCC to provide a presence at community events, and I've even marched in a parade with RCC staff and volunteers! How fun is that! The staff at RCC are truly inspiring. They are dedicated, hard working women who put in very long hours. I plan on volunteering at RCC for years to come.