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“Interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)? 
Become a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team!”

The Rape Crisis Center announces the upcoming Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, provided by the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault. March 22nd-25th in Savannah.

  • A valued community service--Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) respond to perform exams on rape victims. 
  • Nurses receive financial compensation for each exam.
  • This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited sanctioned body of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.
  • Register at www.gnesa.org, or for more information e-mail director@rccsav.org
  • The class room training is 40 hours, and cost $200, which is fully refundable upon completion of the course.

For more information call Krista (404) 815-5261

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

Self Defense Classes
The next Self Defense class offered for women, taught by women will be announced soon. Bring a friend or your daughter to this wonderful class.  For registration contact Rape Crisis at 233-3000 or email us.

 

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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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