Guest blog: Steve LePore on the mission to help male survivors through 1in6

rcc 6This statistic is startling. Researchers estimate that one in six men was sexually abused as a boy. Unfortunately, the majority do not address their experience until they‘re in their 30s, 40s or 50s.

In order to reach the goal of helping men in their recovery process, the programs of 1in6 focus on men between 18 and 30 years old. However, the resources and information we offer are not exclusive to this age group. It extends to men of all ages.

We recently delivered a one-day training session to Las Vegas therapists to tackle the issue of sexual abuse, along with Executive Director of 1in6 Canada Rick Goodwin. The goal was to provide training to licensed clinicians who currently, or will eventually, work with adult men who’ve experienced sexual abuse.

1in6 and The Nevada Community Foundation reached out to three major service providers in the Las Vegas area – The Rape Crisis Center, Bridge Counseling Associates and The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center). We invited them to the training and explained that clinicians would benefit from the training in several ways.

The training included…

  • Male-centric therapy for male survivors of sexual abuse and assault
  • Male socialization and components of conventional masculinity
  • Impact and repercussion of sexual violence of male survivors
  • Various approaches for dealing with trauma among male survivors

Our hopes for the trainees were to better understand the issue of sexual abuse among men and to feel empowered that there are ways to work with men affected by the abuse.

Rick and I noticed that the participants were engaged, which truly meant a lot to us. Many expressed greater acuity in understanding male clients in their caseloads. Some discussed how dedicated programming for male survivors could be considered in their future service planning.

Please feel free to visit our website for resources and information about sexual abuse of men. We hope these resources will help those affected by the issue in their recovery process.

-Steve LePore

Founder & Executive Director of 1in6

Partnership with 1in6 and Nevada Community Foundation Provides Training for Therapists!

Rick Goodwin - executive director for 1in6 in Canada – conducts the 1in6 training for local therapists.

Rick Goodwin – executive director for 1in6 in Canada – conducts the 1in6 training for local therapists.

Part of The Rape Crisis Center mission is to serve all victims of sexual assault who seek our help. But a few months ago, we dealt with a situation in which a mother was concerned about the lack of resources available for her son, who had recently been sexually abused.  The situation led us to think that, while there are some resources available, we don’t have nearly as much for male survivors. We also understand that similar approaches don’t always work as well for men and for women.

We always want to provide the best services to clients and we want to raise the capacity of the whole community as well.  Then, we learned the Nevada Community Foundation was also concerned about the lack of resources in our community for male survivors of sexual abuse.  There are an estimated 170,000 in Nevada.  For this reason, Nevada Community Foundation partnered up with 1in6 – a California-based non-profit organization that helps male survivors of childhood sexual abuse- to provide a one-day training for local therapists and advocates in Las Vegas.  RCC was an active part in reaching out to the community about the training and had several staff and advocates attend.

The training is important for RCC because our goal is provide help, hope, and healing to everyone affected by sexual violence.  Men are an important component of this mission as well.  While men represent a smaller percentage of victims, we want everyone to have the best, most pertinent, most sensitive resources out there.  We believe 1in6 has great expertise in this area, and we always want to work with experts who can make our services better.

We are so excited about this collaboration. Every victim of sexual abuse and assault deserves the best, most compassionate support at whatever point they seek help.  We are confident that this training will increase our community’s ability to competently and caringly support male survivors – and those who love them – to make sure everyone has the greatest opportunity for healthy, hopeful healing!

-Daniele

A message from RCC Executive Director Daniele Dreitzer

Hello!

The addition of the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) Signs of Hope Counseling Center has been a critical part of RCC’s ongoing mission and expansion to more completely meet the many needs of survivors of sexual abuse and assault and their families. The vital group and individual counseling sessions supported by NWP’s generosity that occur within our facility have become a hallmark of our center. We are proud to say we serve approx. 300 victims annually through the center.

We rely, in part, on social media to spread the word about our counseling center and all of the services we offer through RCC to the community. To even better serve this mission, we ask you to please ‘like’ the RCC Facebook page if you haven’t already. On June 28 we will consolidate the NWP Signs of Hope Counseling Center page within the RCC page and we want to make sure you still receive important messages surrounding the center and all of RCC’s services! We are, after all, all on the same team and we want to make sure that everyone understands that counseling has become core to our mission and integrated with all of the other aspects of our services.  This merger will make sure our messages are streamlined for you and help you spread the word to anyone you know in one easy step!

Thank you sincerely for your continued support of our mission.  Please contact us at any time through Facebook, Twitter, or our office, and please encourage others to like and follow RCC so that anyone and everyone out there who may be in need of services is aware of the great access they have to counseling, support, and advocacy!

-Daniele

702-385-2153

http://www.facebook.com/TheRapeCrisisCenterLV

@RapeCrisisCtrLV

 

Octavia Maufas and her passion behind Your SPACE program

Octavia Maufas

Octavia Maufas

Helping those in need is one of my passions, especially when it comes to assisting our clients at The Rape Crisis Center. I love providing the necessary tools to help people on their recovery journey. I am proud to be part of this team as a victim advocate and a Your SPACE program facilitator.

As part of my duties, I visit middle and high schools to talk about the Your SPACE program, which is a structured curriculum focused on healthy relationships targeting middle school and high school-aged youth. This program has provided me with the opportunity to educate teens about sexual assault, dating violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and even ‘sexting.’

Providing this information gives me incredible satisfaction because I am helping to educate teens. We’ve learned from experience that teenagers need guidance and many times they don’t have proper guidance at home. If I can at least give them the right tools to keep themselves safe and to let them know that there is always someone willing to help them, then I feel that I’m doing my part.

We currently teach this program to teens in schools only. However, we’re working on introducing the program to non-traditional organizations, such as camps, recreation centers and church groups. There are many organizations in town that could provide this information to teenagers.

If you have any questions about the Your SPACE program please don’t hesitate to ask! I also encourage anyone who has questions or needs guidance and support to contact our hotline at 702-366-1640 or visit us at our new location and we’ll help you. That’s what we’re here for!

-Octavia Maufas

RCC victim advocate and Your SPACE group facilitator

My RCC Advocacy Training

Daniele Dreitzer

Daniele Dreitzer

I’ve always been passionate about helping others, especially those who need assistance during difficult times. This passion has led me to where I am today with The Rape Crisis Center. When the opportunity to complete advocacy training through the RCC came up, I was thrilled to be a part of it.

My participation in this training reinforced so many things for me, particularly all the different connections and issues surrounding sexual assault. There are so many realms involved including law enforcement, domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, some of which people wouldn’t necessarily think about.  I remember when Metro’s sexual assault detective came to talk to the class.  He started out by saying, “Imagine you have to tell someone in detail about the last time you had sex, and describe every position, every action, every detail of what happened”.  This is an uncomfortable conversation to have in the best circumstance, and imagine having to tell a stranger these intimate details after you’ve just been sexually assaulted.  Dealing with rape is such a complex process, involving medical issues, legal issues, psychological and emotional issues, the list goes on and on.  It is unbelievable to think about how many individuals are impacted by sexual assault and how long they have to deal with this traumatic experience and confront it over the course of their lives.

My participation in the class also reinforced my awareness of all the partnerships RCC has in serving victims of sexual assault. I realized too how we all work together to meet all the different needs of our clients through this process.

In addition, the aspect that made an impact for me was learning and being aware of many aspects about myself in order to help others. One cannot be properly prepared to assist victims of sexual assault until one is aware of the capabilities one has. When you are in a position of guiding and assisting others, it is important to be aware of our own perspectives and capabilities without bias and judgment or even bringing in personal experiences.

I look forward to participating in future advocacy trainings as I believe my involvement creates a connection with our volunteers.  Students going through the training are making a huge commitment to the RCC and we are so grateful for them giving their time and talents in this way.  I plan to be involved in the interview and selection process of potential advocates. I believe it is also important to make sure that the new advocates are aware of the RCC services and programs to establish a connection with the staff and the organization.

We’ll continue to create a strong support system for our volunteers. The training is an ever-evolving process and we are trying to look for ways for improvement and new topics to cover and expand in the future.

If you’d like to learn more about our future RCC advocacy trainings, please feel free to contact us at 702-385-2153.

-Daniele

Year-round mission for RCC’s teen Your SPACE program

Your SPACE training blogTeens should learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to protect their space. Information is power, and a tool to help them make healthy decisions.

With this goal in mind, RCC recently completed training for our next group of facilitators for the Safety Prevention and Awareness Curriculum for Everyone (Your SPACE) program. The RCC is currently looking to expand the program by implementing it within additional facilities.

Your SPACE is a structured curriculum focused on healthy relationships targeting middle school and high school-aged youth. The primary objective is to empower teens within the Clark County region and to guide them on what to do if they, or someone they know, find themselves in a dangerous situation. We spark conversation with teenagers about several issues, including how to recognize when they are being pressured by peers, partners or bullies.

Quick notes on training and the program…

  • The preparation to deliver the program is extensive and requires 20 hours of training that facilitators must complete.
  • Training focuses on how facilitators communicate with youth and what information they can convey.
  • The Your SPACE program strives to engage teens and motivate them to openly talk about these issues.

Protecting your space is not a school-time issue – it’s a year-round issue. In the summertime we plan to expand the program to camps, parks and recreation centers, church groups, and additional organizations. We’re truly excited about this expansion.

Our goal is to provide Your SPACE to even more locations across Clark County. If you’d like more information about how to bring the program to your organization please call 702-385-2153 and ask to speak with Gabrielle.  Please help us spread the word!

-Daniele

RCC Launches “Party Smart” Website with Community Partners

Party Smart photo for blogWe always emphasize prevention and education when it comes to sexual assault – especially during pool season. While it is fine to have a blast, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. As part of this goal, the Rape Crisis Center, TAO Cares and additional community partners have partnered up to launch partymartinlv.com right in time for the 2013 pool season.

The website –targeted to young people, both male and female – offers tips on how to have fun and be safe in any location. The goal for the site is to remind ‘partyers’ to follow some simple tips to ensure they have a good time without putting themselves in danger.

Here are a few Party Smart tips to keep in mind from the website…

For women:

  • Stick together and keep an eye out for your friends.
  • Arrive and leave together.
  • Your body is yours – protect it!

For men:

  • Don’t be “that” guy – don’t take advantage of someone who has had too much to drink.
  • Remember – if someone can’t say “yes,” the answer is “no.”

For both:

  • Get your own drinks and never leave drinks unattended.
  • If you start to feel sick or overly intoxicated when you have had little or no alcohol, get to a safe place immediately and call someone for help.
  • Follow your instincts, if you gut is telling you “don’t do it,” LISTEN.
  • Know your tolerance level with alcohol – know when to say when.
  • Know your location and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you see something, say something.  Be a responsible bystander.
  • Make sure your phone is charged and close by-you can’t use a safety app if your phone is dead.
  • Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
  • Someone who really cares about you is not going to force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Please take a moment to check out the new website and share it with your friends. If there’s any additional information you’d like to see on the site please don’t hesitate to let us know!

-Daniele