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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10
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APRIL MARKS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital Nationally Renowned for Providing Comprehensive Services to Victims of Sexual Assault 
 
April 5 2021 - Jackson Memorial Hospital, home to the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center (RTC), has provided emotional and medical services to almost 75,000 people since its establishment in 1974. Millions of individuals are the victims of sexual violence each year – an act that is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not freely given, with profound impact on an individual’s lifelong well-being. 
 
According to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child. One of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, while one in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Fifty five percent of sexual assaults occur at or near the victim’s home.In eight out of 10 cases, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them. Yet according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), it continues to be the most under-reported violent crime in the country.
 
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and every year, the staff at the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center raises awareness of sexual violence by hosting virtual educational outreach events. RTC is the only center of its kind in Miami-Dade County. It is named after women’s rights activist and Florida Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Roxcy O’Neal Bolton. 
 
In 1971, Bolton lead the nation's first "march against rape" and gathered 100 businesswomen, political leaders, activists, housewives and a few men, and led them through Downtown Miami to the courthouse. Throughout her lifetime, Bolton made a profound and long-lasting impact in Florida, Miami-Dade County, and at Jackson Health System.
 
“The work to help sexual assault survivors is an important one,” said program manager, Franchine Peters “We want sexual assault survivors to know what happened to them is not their fault. RTC is here to help survivors with medical treatment, advocacy, and therapy services including virtual access.”
 
The center provides support – in a completely confidential setting – 24 hours a day, seven days a week to victims ages 12 and over. All services are provided at no cost for all victims and their immediate family members, regardless of whether the crime is reported to the police. The assault does not have to be recent – it could’ve happened 20 years ago, and you can still receive help. Forensic and medical services are being done in person. Therapy and support group services are being done virtually.
 
The center also offers the following additional services:
•Confidential 24-hour helpline
•Forensic evidence collection and preventive treatments
•Crisis intervention
•Advocacy
•Information and referrals
•Community awareness
•Support groups
•Therapy
•Prevention/risk reduction education
RTC staff will host a virtual event for SAMM on April 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for a free training to learn about sexual assault and sexual abuse, forensic evidence collection and testing, legal rights and laws in place for sexual assault survivors. The symposium will consist of guest speakers and group discussions, and interactive activities. To RSVP visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6XSPSH 
 
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, or if you have questions or need help, call the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center’s confidential helpline at 305-585-7273 or visit https://jacksonhealth.org/rape-treatment/. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
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