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About Rape Crisis Centres
RCCs provide a safe environment where survivors of sexual violence come first. All staff and volunteers deeply understand both the realities of sexual violence and the impact of all forms of sexual violence. Survivors’ reactions are viewed as normal responses to trauma and to coping with the aftermath of trauma.
All staff and volunteers are trained in the reality and extent of sexual violence. In supporting survivors through helplines, advocacy, counseling, medical or legal processes, RCCs understand the need to maintain confidentiality.
The intention of RCCs is to return the control that was taken during any experience of sexual violence. This has been described as the survivor/recovery model. In the RCC response the emphasis is on promoting well-being, the focus is growth rather then symptoms and defects. The survivors coping strategies are explored in terms of their usefulness.