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Upcoming Events

Rape Crisis Center to Host 6th Annual Reindeer Run

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire will host the6th Annual Savannah Reindeer Run 8K on December 19th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

The Reindeer Run is one of Savannah’s best family-oriented run events. The morning will begin with a kiddie race at 8:45, followed by the 8K at 9:45. Inside, families and runners will enjoy a kid zone, a cookie contest, food, beverages and even a visit from Santa. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite holiday characters.

Four Celebrity Runners have been challenged to raise $4,000 in advance of the race. This year’s Celebrity Runners are Cecilia Arango, Ann Kerkman, Leeca Snyder and Lynne Wolf. Community members can donate to any of the celebrity runners’ campaigns at www.runsignup.com.

Proceeds from the Reindeer Run will support the Prevention Education program at the Rape Crisis Center, which offers healthy relationship resources and training for local schools, colleges and organizations, including Good-Touch/Bad-Touch, Anti-Bully, Safe Dates, and Sexual Harassment curriculum.

Registration for the Reindeer Run is $30 through November 30th, $35 from December 1st through 18th, and $40 the day of the race. Registration for youth between ages 12 and 17 is $20. To register, visit www.runsignup.com or www.rccsav.org. You can also download a printable registration form.

For more information, email us or call (912) 233-3000 during normal business hours. 

Support Group
The Rape Crisis Center will be hosting a support group Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm starting soon. Email us for more information.

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Check out all the great upcoming programs and events. Get more information on our events.

Self Defense Classes
RCC's next Self-Defense Class will be held on November 21st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Johnson High School Gym, 3012 Sunset Blvd. Savannah, GA 31404. The class is free, but a $10 donation to the Rape Crisis Center is suggested. To register sign up HERE.


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“Interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)? 

Become a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team!” 

The SANE training program is designed for nurses who have two (2) years of RN experience and are interested in providing forensic medical assessment and care to survivors of sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) respond to perform exams on rape victims by providing timely, nonjudgmental, compassionate care to the sexual assault victim. The SANE exam may include a medical forensic exam, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, photographic documentation, referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up, and participation in legal proceedings.


The 40-hour training course is designed to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive education program. The SANE course is offered at various times throughout the year and several on-line courses are also available.  The curriculum will include:

  • Role of the SANE nurse and other members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

  • Emotional and social response to sexual assault

  • Georgia laws and law enforcement procedures

  • Statistics

  • Forensic evidence collection

  • Expert witness testimony

  • Crisis intervention

  • Photography and follow-up services will be discussed

  • Participants will take part in a mock trial to develop expert witness skills

The didactic curriculum is followed up with 40 hours of clinical preceptorship over a six month period within the SANE’s community at the SANE’s convenience.

Benefits of Becoming a SANE

  • Reimbursement for the cost of the 40-hour didactic portion is fully refundable upon completion of the course and you are taking call

  • Nurses receive financial compensation per exam well as on-call pay

  • Paid yearly liability insurance

  • Membership to the International Association of Forensic Nurses


For more information contact Jan by email or 912-713-5393 or Brigitte by email or 912-844-2381



Become a volunteer! 

Become a sexual assault advocate/crisis intervention volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center! Volunteers support victims of sexual assault through the 24 hour crisis line and hospital response. We are looking for mature, empathetic, non-judgmental and dedicated individuals to... make a difference in our community.

If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 912-233-3000 or volunteers@rccsav.org for an application. The next volunteer training dates are TBA. In order to become a volunteer, you must attend all sessions.

All applicants must be at least 21 years old and submit to a criminal background check.


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If the occurrence of rape were audible, its decibel level equal to its frequency, it would overpower our days and nights, interrupt our meals, our bedtime stories, howl behind our lovemaking, and insistent jackhammer of distress. We would demand an end to it. And if we failed to locate its source, we would condemn the whole structure. We would refuse to live under such conditions. - Patricia Weaver Franciso

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Basic Philosophies

  • Our Primary focus is on the victim and her process of recovery.
  • Confidentiality is critical for the safety of our clients and the trust that they have in us, as advocates.
  • Sexual assault is never the victim's fault. The rapist is the one who did the raping.
  • Empowerment through giving support and information will help to strengthen the victim, so that she can follow through with the criminal justice process, function on her job, or just get on with her life in general. We cannot make everything ok, but we can focus on her power as the only witness to the crime and as a person who can regain her sense of herself.
  • Every victim of sexual assault has the right and the choice of reporting and having a rape examination, regardless of the circumstances of her case. She also has a right to be heard and to heal at her own pace.
  • Every victim is in a state of crisis and is experiencing trauma on some level. This is normal and it contributes to her confusion, her indecision, and her fear. She may also be greatly affected by the damage to her self-esteem and this can have a profound influence on interactions with the police, medical and court personnel.
  • The victim needs the police and the police need her in order to prosecute. However, the relationship is not an equal one. The police represent authority and she may feel powerless and easily intimidated. As advocates, we can be the buffer between the victim and the police, helping her understand their role in the process
  • A victim's greatest fear is that she will not be believed. Considering how difficult it is to report a rape, the likelihood of anyone reporting falsely is very unusual. As advocates, we believe her from the beginning, knowing that if there is any falsehood, it will eventually surface. In cases of false reports, the victim often has other problems that should be addressed and referrals should be made to to other agencies.


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