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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and this March, we are highlighting many amazing women who have made a tremendous impact on our world!  Daisy Coleman Daisy was a sexual assault advocate who starred in the 2016 documentary, Audrie and Daisy. This powerful documentary explores Daisy’s experience of sexual assault at a party when she was 14 years old. After the assault and trial, Daisy attended Missouri Valley College. As she began healing from her own assault and PTSD, Daisy began to advocate for others with similar experiences. Daisy and her brother, Charlie, began to advocate all around America for sexual assault survivors. Daisy co-founded an organization called SafeBae (Before Anyone Else). SafeBae is a non-profit organization working towards their goal of ending sexual assault in schools around the country. Daisy used her experiences to help advocate for survivors around the country, and she has inspired so many others to do […]

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What is Empathy and Why is it Important as an Advocate?

Empathy is an important trait that is absolutely crucial not just for victim advocates to possess, but for anyone trying to be supportive towards their friends, family, or loved ones who are going through tough times or experiencing some form of hardship. So what exactly is empathy? Empathy can be described as the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings, or as the expression goes, to “walk a mile in their shoes.” Empathy is more than simply being sympathetic towards someone’s pain. To truly be empathetic means to feel more than just sorry for those who share their feelings with you, but to also connect with their pain and recognize their struggle in some capacity as well. Being empathetic, like all things, takes practice. Here are a few tips to help you become a more empathetic person: Actively listen more than you speak Listen to understand and offer support […]

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Hispanic Alliance-A Force in the Community

There is no arguing that COVID has created numerous challenges for us as a nation, as an agency, and as individuals. Many of the survivors we serve have especially felt the impact of COVID in their own lives and families. Many families who (prior to COVID) struggled to pay their bills and put food on the table found these tasks increasingly more difficult once COVID hit. Many survivors, like many other Americans, found themselves out of work or working very limited hours. This proved to be a challenge for our agency as well.  When people are worried about having their basic needs met, they have a more difficult time processing the trauma they experienced. We as an agency needed to do more for our survivors, but we were limited in what we could do. That’s where other incredible agencies such as the Hispanic Alliance came in. Hispanic Alliance (La Alianza) […]

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La Alianza- Una Fuerza en Nuestra Comunidad

Nadie puede discutir que la llegada de COVID-19 ha creado numerosos problemas en el mundo, nuestro país, y la comunidad en general. Muchísimos de nuestros clientes, al igual que sus familias, han sentido el impacto de COVID-19 en sus vidas. Antes de COVID-19, muchas familias ya estaban esforzándose pagar las cuentas mensuales, y poner comida en la mesa para alimentar a sus niños. Con la llegada de COVID-19, estos esfuerzos se duplicaron. Muchos de los sobrevivientes con los que trabajamos, al igual que muchos otros americanos, perdieron sus trabajos, o las horas de trabajo disminuyeron. Este también fue un desafío para nosotros, como agencia. Cuando las personas que han pasado por situaciones traumáticas están preocupadas por satisfacer sus necesidades básicas, se les hace más difícil pensar y procesar el trauma que experimentaron. Nosotros como agencia necesitábamos hacer más por nuestros sobrevivientes, pero teníamos límites con respecto a lo que podíamos […]

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

In our nation today, teen dating violence is more common than people suspect. According to the Love is Respect Teen Hotline, “One in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.” Because this issue so heavily affects youth within the United States, former president Barack Obama released a proclamation stating that February would be named Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM).  As an agency that works with and supports teens throughout their healing journeys after an assault, this month is very important to our organization. Teens experiences some of the highest rates of sexual assault/violence in the nation, and along with their victimization, the aftermath of teen dating violence often affects the families, friends, and communities of that survivor […]

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Black History Month- Who We’re Highlighting!

Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who calculated and analyzed the flight paths of many spacecrafts during her more than three decades with the U.S. space program. Her work helped send astronauts to the Moon. When she was a small child, it became apparent that she had a brilliant intelligence and amazing skill with numbers. She attended high school at the young age of 10! She then went on to graduate college at 18 years old with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French. While teaching in Virginia, she was selected to be one of the first three African American students to enroll in a graduate program at West Virginia University In 1953 she started working for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ West Area Computing unit. This committee was made up of African American women who manually performed complex mathematical calculations for the engineers in the programs. […]

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What is Medical Accompaniment?

Medical Accompaniment for a SANE exam Rape Response Advocates support sexual assault survivors in the hospital emergency department. Survivors living within our six county service area (Habersham, Forsyth, Lumpkin, Dawson, Hall, and White) can receive a Forensic Medical Exam at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville. During this exam, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) collects evidence, examines and documents any injuries and offers preventative treatment for possible pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The main focus of accompaniment, as an Advocate, is to stay by the survivor’s side and provide support throughout their entire journey in the emergency room, walking them through any questions they may have throughout the process. Survivors are given a lot of information during this traumatic time in their life; Rape Response is there to help as much or as little as survivors need in order to feel as comfortable and informed as possible during this time. […]

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What is a Crisis Intervention?

Crisis Intervention Crisis intervention can look like many different things for different people. Advocates provide various ways of meeting with survivors, such as phone or face-to-face sessions, as well as Zoom meetings to accommodate those who may not be comfortable meeting in-person. As staff, we want to cater to the needs of the survivor at all times, especially during a crisis intervention. Sometimes this looks like an advocate sitting and actively listening to the words, needs, and wants of the survivor. Other times it can look like an advocate providing support, comfort, and resource referrals to the survivor when the thoughts and feelings of the survivor may be hard to communicate. Although our Advocates are not licensed counselors, they are trained specifically in victim services and have tools to help survivors feel uplifted and cared for during some of the hardest moments of their lives. It doesn’t matter if an […]

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Crisis Line & Volunteer Program

Crisis Line Rape Response has a crisis line that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 770-503-7273. The crisis line is answered by trained staff or volunteer Advocates who can assist survivors or their loved ones by listening, offering non-judgmental support, and connecting them to resources or other Rape Response services. This crisis line can provide support to those located in six Northeast Georgia counties (Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin and White). If you are not located in one of these six counties, that’s okay! We can help connect you with resources closest to you! On nights and weekends, our volunteer Advocates help answer the phones. Volunteers are thoroughly trained on how to make sure the survivor is listened to and respected during each call that is received to our crisis line.      Volunteers Meet Rebeca Ruelas! She is our Volunteer Program Director, and she […]

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Who are we and how can we help?

Who are we? What are we about? How can we help? These are all questions that we get pretty often here at Rape Response, and today we’re here to answer these questions. Who are we? We are the sexual assault center for six counties in Northeast Georgia. We can provide advocacy, education, and support to anyone ages 13 or older who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Many people think that because of our name we can only provide services to survivors of rape, but we can provide services to anyone affected by any form of sexual violence. We serve people who have experienced anything from sexual assault or harassment to sexting and human trafficking. It doesn’t matter if the incident happened 10 minutes ago, 10 months ago, or 10 years ago. We can provide support to you regardless of when it happened. What are we about? We are […]

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