Rape Recovery Team
You can reach a Rape Recovery Team Advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling the Rape Crisis Hotline: 904-721-7273.
Our mission is to support and empower survivors of sexual violence by advocating for their rights, dignity and respect; provide community education; and facilitate professional collaboration.
The Rape Recovery Team (RRT) responds quickly and compassionately to survivors of sexual violence whether or not they have chosen to report the crime to police. Services are available to survivors of all genders ages 12 and older in Duval, Nassau and Baker Counties. Our approach to support is empowerment-based, providing access to information and resources so that survivors can make the choice they feel is best for them. Communications with RRT advocates are confidential.
Experiencing sexual violence can change a survivor's view of the world. Whether or not the survivor suffers any physical injuries, the emotional impact of the violence can be significant. Recovery can seem like an endless journey. Emotions such as fear, shame and confusion may continue long after the violence ends. There is support available for you wherever you are in the healing process.
The RRT can offer support through the following services for survivors and their loved ones:
For those who choose to report, the RRT works collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Response Center, the State Attorney’s Office and local Sheriff's Offices and Police Departments throughout Duval, Baker and Nassau Counties to ensure that survivors receive the most comprehensive services available. For those choosing NOT to report, we have an extensive network of community partners who assist us in assuring a network of care for our clients, so no individual faces this alone.
Sexual Violence Prevention Programming
The RRT offers programming designed to prevent first-time perpetration and victimization by addressing harmful knowledge, attitudes and beliefs that may contribute to violence. The program focuses on engaging youth in meaningful conversations related to root causes of sexual violence, including: social acceptance of violence, stereotypes, power, privilege and a lack of accountability for perpetrators of violence. The prevention curricula generate dialogue among participants that raises awareness of sexual violence issues and empowers them to take action in their own lives and within the community to reduce the incidence of sexual violence. Prevention presentations are offered throughout the three county service area in a variety of settings, including school and after school programming. Presentations for parents and other supportive adults are also available.
To schedule a Prevention Education presentation, please contact Carly Pedoto by phone at (904) 722-3000 x208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule a Community Outreach presentation, please contact Morgan Moeller by phone at (904) 722-3000 x209 or email: email@example.com.
Specialized Elder Sexual Abuse Services and Training
To schedule a Stop Sexual Violence Against Elders presentation, please contact Cari Bertolas by phone at (904) 722-3000 x212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Project ARISE, please contact Kanice Hoffman at (904) 722-3000 x251 or email: email@example.com.
Rape Recovery Team Volunteers/Interns
To volunteer or intern, please contact Katy Carignan by phone at (904) 722-3000 x210 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Volunteer Application and send it in to the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
Note: The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is not a medical or residential facility and we cannot offer cash assistance. However, we have an extensive resource list of agencies and services in the Jacksonville area that may be helpful to you.
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