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RAPE TRAUMA SERVICES

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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Protection Against Abuse, Sexual Assault Services, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assaults and abuse. Informed by our understanding of traumatic experiences and cycles of violence, we facilitate healing and the prevention of violence through the provision of counseling, advocacy, and education. We promote and adopt policies, practices, and social values rooted in fairness, equity, and inclusiveness.

Target demographics: children and adults who have been directly or indirectly hurt by the trauma of rape, sexual abuse, assault, and or sexual harassment

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

Programs: counseling, advocacy, accompaniment and a free, confidential 24/7 crisis line.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sofie O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went through volunteer sexual assault training, and their training was excellent. I couldn't have been more prepared for the experience. Meeting the facilitators and my fellow volunteers was a life-changing experience. It's amazing they have managed such high-quality training during COVID.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found RTS when looking for opportunities to become more involved in my community, and I am so glad that I did. This organization provides an immense amount of education and support to their volunteers, and is incredibly inclusive. If you are looking for a wonderful group of people to learn from and want to contribute to an organization that makes a huge impact by supporting survivors of sexual assault, I can’t recommend RTS enough. I really feel a part of a close-knit community with RTS, and am happy to support an organization that works so hard to provide these vital services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a sexual assault crisis counselor at RTS, and have nothing but good things to say! RTS provided incredible training and has made me feel like a welcome part of their community from day one. I admire their dedication to supporting survivors in a way that incorporates social justice and intersectionality. RTS does a great job supporting volunteers so that we are able to support survivors, making sure that communication is open and we can always ask for help. I’m so glad to know that RTS is a resource in my community!

Angie L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining RTS as a volunteer has been awesome. I have learned a lot and the staff is very warm. I am very happy being able to be an advocate for those whose voices may be not heard or those who are going through difficult times. Being here allowed me to connect in a deeper level with others and find enriching experiences.

Donor

Rating: 5

RTS supports the community in a way that is critical and has a long standing impact. Youth and adults learn from the enriching programs that are provide and those in crisis get the one on one help they need. This is an amazing way to create change in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible staff and trainings, as well as soulful and heartfelt services to the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen firsthand the way that the support that RTS provides to survivors can help change and save lives. The mere fact that there is a trained volunteer available to listen to someone who is in crisis has been monumental to the healing process for many callers.

1 Mego L.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

A small but fantastic, dedicated team that fights tirelessly to address sexual assault. I have volunteered with RTS for more than a year now and have learned so much from their trainings, meetings, staff, and other volunteers. A deeply meaningful and enriching volunteer experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rape Trauma Services has become one of the most significant places and experiences in my life. The staff and the organization has been a support for me in my personal and professional life. I am deeply grateful and humbled by their work and the growth they help others reach.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RTS is providing a necessary service for our community. They give voice to the voiceless, strength to the wounded and most of all compassion outside of judgement. I spent a year volunteering with RTS and the work can often be heavy. The nature of the work makes it such that it is not suitable for all people but for those feel like they can handle real situations this is important work. The ability to demonstrate compassion with people in trauma is what they train the volunteers for but it is the constant compassion RTS's staff that enables volunteers to thrive. The training is a lengthly but I feel it truly does a lot to prepare volunteers to what they face and the staff is always available if things get tough.

Words cannot represent how impressive of an organization RTS is. I'd easily recommend them to anyone that is seeking help from trauma and on the volunteer side, this organization is great for those looking to make a true impact on people's lives.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RTS is an absolutely amazing organization. They make a real difference to so many people when it really matters. I’m truly privileged to have participated in volunteering with them, and they were always so welcoming and supportive even though I’m a guy. I can hardly think of a place where you can help so effectively with emotional healing in a very real tangible way. They will always hold a safe space to listen and validate and empathize. They are a real blessing in this world, and every one of the staff and volunteers are such wonderful kind amazing people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Rape Trauma Services for over a year, and I can honestly say it has been a truly transformative experience for me. Not only have I learned about trauma, cycles of violence, and how to better help those in my community, I have learned to identify some of my own biases and shortcomings as a person. I could not recommend volunteering at Rape Trauma Services more.

2 Haley F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people working here. As a volunteer I always felt supported and appreciated in the work I was doing. Amazing organization that truly does everything in their power to help survivors and families!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RTS is an incredible group! The staff is so dedicated and the services they provide are much needed.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The support RTS provides survivors, and anyone seeking an advocate is indescribable. I hope what I say will do it justice and truly depict the amazing work everyone at RTS does. For the past few months I’ve been a volunteer, I’ve been able to support survivors of varying degrees and cases. Many people ask me “How do you do it? Listen to people’s stories all day?” I understand. Sometimes, the stories are so heavy it can mar your outlook in humanity and maybe even shake your faith. But, we’ve all had a moment or moments when we just needed someone. A friend, family member, partner, pet, etc. to be there in silence or in sound. We all need someone. It’s what connects us as humans.
So if in a moment I can be that person, I will be. Someone who is not questioning them about the details of the incident, or examining them. I ask if they want a blanket, have gotten something to eat, or drink, or touch on lighter subjects in case they just want to talk about something to distract themselves with. Being a volunteer has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I can’t put into words how much it means to me to not only have support at RTS as a volunteer, but to help support people who have fought their way through trauma. RTS is amazing and so much more. Your cup will runneth over with love, compassion, and solidarity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to RTS after my college sexual assault by a police officer. RTS offered me counseling and also opened the door for me to volunteer as a sexual assault peer counselor. My experience as a counselor was immeasurably helpful to my healing. I was able to help other survivors of assault - children, teenagers, and adults. RTS provides me the opportunity to tell my story publicly and that’s also been super helpful - I get to educate my community and shed the feelings of shame and guilt that come with sexual assault.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a trauma counselor with RTS from 2013 to 2015. My experience there was truly great. The training classes offered a profound depth of knowledge and sensitivity to the experience of survivors from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Serving with RTS, I was continually impressed with the collaborative efforts the organization made with others in the community (schools & educators, law enforcement, social services, etc.) while maintaining a steadfast commitment to the safe & private advocacy and to the healing journey of survivors, while also showing to a deep care & respect for their volunteer trauma counselors. As a result, the work was very impactful and also personally meaningful. I highly recommend working with (or seeking services with) RTS.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rape Trauma Services (RTS) is one of the most impactful, critical, and important nonprofits I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They have helped countless people navigate the challenging landscape of sexual assault from informative and interactive presentations around prevention all the way to ongoing services for those grappling with the aftermath of an assault. By providing a 24 hour hotline, in-person crisis support, one-on-one counseling both in the office and out in the community (including schools), and prevention materials they truly meet everyone where they are and provide what they need. In addition to this amazing work with clients, they also turn that attentiveness and strengths-based approach inward and are remarkably through in their training and support of their staff. I cannot recommend this nonprofit enough, I only wish there were more like them!

2 Kira A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a sexual assault counselor (SAC) with RTS for two years and I love it. The staff is very organized and always willing to answer questions and help out. I know I'm making a difference in my community because I have so many friends that have experienced sexual assault and when they find out I volunteer with RTS they almost always say something like "I really wish I'd known that RTS exists. Being able to talk to a SAC would have helped me a lot." If you're thinking about volunteering with RTS, or using their services, I highly recommend it!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After experiencing a frightening night, triggering memories of past a molesting, I called the RTS hotline and was able to share my immediate feelings, not slip into a deep depression, and in general got the help I needed. I was put back onto my healing path. I thank everyone that associates with this wonderful organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization exploits its employees, provides very few services very inefficiently and is, in and of itself fairly, abusive and disrespectful. I highly do NOT recommend Rape Trauma Services.