817-927-2737 – Hotline
817-927-4039 – Office
To help child and adult victims heal from the trauma of sexual assault, abuse and other violence, and to prevent sexual assault and abuse.
The Women’s Center’s Rape Crisis & Victim Services program is one of the premier rape crisis centers in the Southwest. We provide several programs for children, women and men who are victims of child sexual abuse, rape and other violence, along with educating the community to help prevent sexual abuse. All services are at no charge to the public.
Individual and Group Counseling for children and adults who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse, and for children and adults of any other violent crimes (i.e. abductions, assaults, murdered loved ones, etc). Counseling is available for both the survivors and their family members or significant others. A full-time case manager helps crime victims find resources for their immediate needs including child care, transportation, housing and victims’ assistance compensation.
Group Counseling for survivors of rape, abuse and other violent crimes usually takes place in the evenings. Types of groups include: Adult Incest Survivors, Delayed Trauma, Significant Others, Families of Murdered Victims, Recent Survivors of Sexual Assault, and others when needed. More information on Group Therapy is available here.
Crisis-Intervention for children and adults includes:
- 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 817-927-2737, available 24 hours a day – seven days a week. Victims and/or concerned loved ones can call to report a sexual assault or to speak with a caring supportive volunteer or staff person. Whether someone was assaulted 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago, they can call and get help.
- Support during rape exams at John Peter Smith Hospital and at Cook Children’s Hospital in Tarrant County where rape exams are provided. A victim advocate brings comforting teddy bears for both children and adults, underwear, t-shirts and pants as clothing is often kept for forensic evidence, toiletries and more. The victim advocate is there to answer questions, give support and be the liaison between the survivor, family members, police and hospital.
- Court accompaniment and support through police and court processes for child and adult victims.
The Women’s Center works with the District Attorney’s office in the “Kids in Court” program to prepare children in the court process, and also provides accompaniment to both children and adult victims through criminal justice processes including interviews, police line-ups and trial.
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION:
The Play It Safe!(TM) program: a proven child sexual abuse prevention program for children 4-18 years of age that is presented to over 70,000 school-age children annually in public and/or private schools, youth organizations and religious groups. Curriculum includes age-appropriate scripts, which were researched and written by The Women’s Center, and a DVD for each grade-level to speak to children in a language that they can understand. The program teaches children to recognize abuse, respond by getting to safety, and tell a trusted adult. Middle and high school curriculum includes programs on subject matters including Sexual Harassment, Date Rape, Sexting, Cyber Bullying, etc. The program also includes training for adults and caregivers on how to recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. More information is available at www.PlayItSafe.org. For more information or scheduling contact call (817) 927-4039.
Primary Prevention: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence is a program delivered in multiple sessions to children and adults. It involves work aimed at stopping sexual violence before it occurs by engaging in strategic, long-term, comprehensive initiatives that address risk and protective factors related to perpetration, victimization, and bystander behaviors. Primary Prevention focuses not only on the individuals, but also on the community and societal factors that increase the risk for sexual assault, and uses initiatives that focus on the good of the whole rather than on individuals.
- Primary Prevention efforts work to modify and/or entirely eliminate the event, conditions, and situations, or exposure to risk factors associated with the initiation of violence and subsequent injuries, disabilities, and deaths.
- Prevention efforts seek to identify and enhance protective factors that may prevent violence not only in at-risk populations, but also in the community at-large.
- The “Every.Body.Counts” program is presented in an age appropriate context for middle school or high school students. This program is presented in a minimum of 7 weeks format, for sufficient dosage of the topics and in order to measure attitude and behavior shifts in the students. Topics include:
- Introduction to sexual violence
- Gender Stereotypes
- Consent and Victim Blaming
- Media Literacy-Teens, Boys, & Men
- Media Literacy- Girls & Women
- Victim Empathy & Bystander Intervention
Professional Education and Technical Assistance: Training in sexual assault issues and victim management is provided for local police, prosecutors, medical personnel and mental health providers.
Certification: The Women’s Center is a state approved provider of the “Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation Awareness Training and Examination Program” certification class that is in accordance with 25 TAC 265.12(g) through the Texas Department of State Health Services. The training is designed to educate adults who will be working with Texas youth campers but is relevant for any group that works with minors. Upon completion of the two hour class & successfully passing the test, certification is valid for 2 years. The Women’s Center offers this for free.
The training includes offender characteristics & the grooming process, possible signs of abuse, short & long term affects on survivors, how to respond to a disclosure and reporting requirements in Texas.
For professional or community groups desiring training on this topic but not seeking certification, we also offer a thorough but shorter one hour version.
SIGNIFICANT FACTS AND TRENDS
- Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
- There were 683 rapes of adult females reported in Tarrant County in 2009 (crime data does not include children or males or attempted assaults).
- Only 18% of Texas victims report their assault to law enforcement.
- Almost 13% of Texans have been sexually assaulted – nearly 2 million people, or 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men.
- 60.4% of female and 69.2% of male victims in Texas were first raped before age 18.
- National statistics estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are abused by their 18th birthday
- 6,306 incidents of child sexual abuse were reported in Texas in 2009.
- 1 in 7 youth have received unwanted sexual solicitations online.
- In a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of 5,000 college students at over 100 colleges, 20% of women answered “yes” to the question “In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?” Thus, one in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime.