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“Safe at College” Self-defense-Sunday, July 17th
This 2 hour self-defense course will enhance and build self-confidence, awareness, and personal safety.  This is an excellent class to help mothers feel at ease, and establish a level of comfort while sending their daughter to college.


The class targets young females who are going to college this fall. Mothers are encouraged to take the class with their daughter(s).

 “Safe at College” self-defense will be a life-long gift for young women who are concerned about personal safety. For a suggested donation of $10 per person, it is one of the BEST gifts you can give your child.


When:            Sunday, July 17th, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


Where:           First Presbyterian Church
                        520 Washington Ave. (Please do not call the church)


Call 233-3000 or e-mail us between 8:30-4:30 p.m., Monday –Friday. Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday, July 15th.

The Rape Crisis Center is a local non-profit program that works to provide resources and advocacy to victims of rape and sexual assault, and prevention education to youth & young adults.  


Martinis at the Mansion-Wednesday, July 20th
The Mansion on Forsyth Park at 700 Drayton Street will host Martinis at the Mansion to benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire on Wednesday, July 20th from 5:00-8:00 PM.


Attendees will enjoy $5 martinis as well as other drink and food specials throughout the evening. Proceeds from silent auction will benefit the Center.


For more information, contact the Rape Crisis Center at (912) 233-3000 or call the Mansion on Forsyth Park at (912) 238-5158.



Male Role Call-Wednesday, July 20th 
3nd Annual Male “Role” Call, is a prevention education and awareness program designed to target young men age 14-21.  The goal of the 4 hour program is to promote healthy relationships, encourage bystander intervention and warn of the pitfalls of peer pressure, as they enter high school and college. These programs are presented in an effort to avert sexual violence and ultimately understand the law as it relates to consent.


Some session topics will include: consent, sexting, bullying, rape laws, and responsible sexual behavior. Presenters are RCC staff, the District Attorney, Meg Heap, representatives from the Health Department, Special Victims Unit and Juvenile Court. The program will be hosted at the Coastal Georgia Center from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 20th. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. For more information & to register, call 233-3000 or e-mail us.


“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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