Rape Crisis Center
The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) opened in 2004 with the assistance of funds from a generous private donor. The RCC houses a 24/7 sexual assault crisis line, an exam room, a waiting area and a bedroom with a bathroom attached that is available for the victim of rape to shower and take a nap. Victims of rape access the services at WRC RCC through the crisis line, a call from the hospital, police department, OU Gender + Equality Center (OUGEC) or through calling on their own.
The RCC provides a team approach to sexual assault exams. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) provide forensic medical exams to men, women and adolescents (ages 13+). In addition to the exam, Rape Response Advocates (RRAs) provide support, crisis intervention and referrals for follow-up services. If it is appropriate, RRAs also provide a sexual violence risk assessment, which includes safety planning and lethality assessment.
In 2018, the RCC SANEs who have additional training as a Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner (DVNE), began providing domestic violence forensic exams. We use a team approach in providing these exams. The DVNE provides a medical exam, collects their history and assess the safety of the victim’s home environment. The Advocate provides support, safety planning, danger assessment and referrals for services needed for their next steps. The Rape Crisis Center prioritizes services to individuals who live in Cleveland County.
There is no cost for our services.