Posts Tagged ‘RCASA’

Wednesday Outreach – Come to RCASA’s Open House on June 27th!

In Events, Outreach on June 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

Please join our team on June 27th from 4 PM to 7 PM for an afternoon of food, fun and prizes as we show off our agency’s new home. We are so delighted by all of the new space that we have to serve our clients and we hope that you will come out to see our new place and to learn about all of the important services that we continue to offer. All community members, including partnering agencies should feel welcome to join us. No RSVP is necessary. We hope to see you there!

RCASA Volunteer Corner

In Sexual Assault Awareness on June 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

A friend of a friend called me recently, this isn’t someone I know personally, just someone I was introduced to through the drive through at work (remember that coffee shop?).

“So, George (name changed) told me you volunteer at the sexual assault help place in town.


“I sure do, haven’t been there as much as I might like lately, but yes.  Are you interested in volunteering?  I can give you the office pho–”


“—Oh, no.  I wish there was a place like that I could go to. 


“Uuuum, you and well, anyone can come to RCASA.”


“But, I’m queer!”




“They won’t believe, or be able to help me Jennifer.  No one would believe a straight guy did it to me.”



This is something I hadn’t heard from anyone before, the thought that RCASA wasn’t for them, that RCASA couldn’t help them.  RCASA can help.


—Sometimes someone will ask me


“how do you treat an LGTBQ person that calls the hotline or comes in the office?”  My answer is, like any person, a person who is deserving of Respect and Appreciation and the right to a life free of sexual assault.


While volunteering at RCASA I have met individuals from every walk of life, from the office to the counselors, and from the other volunteers to clients.  All of them open and ready to help anyone that calls the hotline or walks in the door.


So!  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer awesome, you will get to meet and interact with tons of different people.


If you are, or know someone who needs help, please call

RCASA’s FREE CONFIDENTIAL 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline. 540.371.1666

We are here for you, no matter your sex, age, sexual orientation, or gender identification.



RCASA Volunteer Corner

In Volunteer on May 27, 2012 at 6:01 am

Sexual violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone’s will. It encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed non-consensual sex act (rape), an attempted non-consensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment). All of these involve victims who do not consent, or who are unable to consent or refuse to allow the act.

If you are, or know someone who needs help, please call

RCASA’s FREE CONFIDENTIAL 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline. 

We are here for you, no matter your sex, age, sexual orientation, or gender identification.

RCASA Volunteer Corner

In Education, Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness, Volunteer on May 13, 2012 at 5:08 am

The following five safety tips from RAINN focus on practical things parents can do to protect children from sexual abuse.

1. Talk.
Talk often with your child and set a tone of openness. Talking openly and directly will let your child know that it’s okay to talk to you when they have questions. If your child comes to you with concerns or questions, make time to listen and talk to them.

2. Teach.
Teach your child key safety principles. For instance:

  • Teach children the names of their body parts so that they have the language to ask questions and express concerns about those body parts.
  • If your child is uncomfortable or if someone is touching them, s/he should
    tell a trusted adult immediately.
  • Let your children know that if someone is touching them or talking to
    them in ways that make them uncomfortable that it shouldn’t stay a secret.

3. Empower.
Your child should know that s/he has the right* *to* *speak up if they are uncomfortable, or if someone is touching them. It’s okay to say “no” even to adults they know and family members.

4. Implement.
Implement Internet safety protocols, and parental controls through platforms such as the Google Family Safety Center. Work with older children to set guidelines for who they can talk to online, and what information can be shared. For instance, be cautious when leaving status or away messages online and when using the “check-in” feature on Facebook or Foursquare.

5. Educate.
Educate yourself about the warning signs of childhood sexual abuse. Know what to look for, and the best way to respond.


If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through RCASA.

for free crisis intervention, counseling, support and medical accompaniment.



This is directly from the RAINN website

RCASA Volunteer Corner: No Means No!

In Education, Volunteer on April 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

No means No

I’m not sure, means NO

Not right now, means NO

I’m tired right now, means NO

Silence, means NO

Stop means NO

Staying Still means NO

Anything but consent means NO.

Feel free to share with friends, make sure to link back to RCASA!!

Discapacitados sufren más agresión sexual

In Awareness Campaigns, Education, Hispanic/Latino, Outreach, Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 9, 2012 at 5:00 am

Discapacitados sufren más agresión sexual

Reproducido y modificado de: http://holadoctor.com/es/salud-del-hombre/discapacitados-sufren-m%C3%A1s-agresi%C3%B3n-sexual con intenciones de prevenir, informar y educar a la comunida Latina y a otras comunidades inmigrantes.

Martes, 11 de octubre, 2011 – (HealthDay News) — Los hombres con discapacidades tienen cuatro veces más probabilidades de ser sexualmente agredidos que los hombres que no sufren de discapacidades, señala un estudio reciente.

Los investigadores estudiaron datos recolectados de casi 22,000 personas que participaron en 2005 en el Sistema de vigilancia de factores de riesgo conductuales de Massachusetts, una encuesta anual de salud para adultos que no están institucionalizados.

El análisis reveló que alrededor del 14 por ciento de los hombres con discapacidades afirmaban haber sido víctimas de violencia sexual en algún momento de sus vidas, frente a menos del 4 por ciento de los hombres sin discapacidades, alrededor de 27 por ciento de las mujeres con discapacidades y más o menos 12 por ciento de las mujeres sin discapacidades.

Los investigadores también hallaron que más del 5 por ciento de los hombres discapacitados reportaron haber experimentado violencia sexual en el último año, frente a menos de 2 por ciento de los hombres no discapacitados, alrededor de 6 por ciento de las mujeres discapacitadas y poco más del 2 por ciento de las mujeres no discapacitadas.

El estudio, llevado a cabo por investigadores de la Facultad de medicina de la Universidad de Massachusetts y del Departamento de Salud Pública de Massachusetts, aparece en la edición en línea del 11 de octubre de la revista American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“Los hombres con discapacidades están en mayor riesgo de victimización por violencia sexual de por vida y actual”, señaló en un comunicado de prensa de la revista la investigadora líder Monika Mitra, investigadora del Centro de Políticas e Investigación de Salud de la universidad.

“El hallazgo más notable es que la prevalencia en la vida de violencia sexual, violación completada e intentos de violación contra los hombres con discapacidades es comparable con la de las mujeres sin discapacidades, y las tasas del año anterior entre los hombres con discapacidades excedieron las de las mujeres sin discapacidades”, añadió.

Los perpetradores de violencia sexual contra los hombres con discapacidades incluyen a conocidos, desconocidos, familiares, cuidadores y parejas íntimas.

Se consideraba que los hombres tenían una discapacidad si reportaban limitaciones debido a problemas físicos, mentales, emocionales o relacionados con la comunicación.

Más información

El Centro Nacional de Recursos contra la Violencia Sexual, con sede en Filadelfia, ofrece más información sobre la violencia sexual y las personas discapacitadas (http://www.nsvrc.org/publications/sexual-violence-and-people-disabilities)

Este artículo es una cortesía del Concilio Rappahannock Contra el Asalto Sexual – Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, RCASA.  Para enterarse de los servicios que ofrecemos llámenos al (540) 371-5502 o al (540) 371-1666.

Volunteer Corner-SPEAK OUT!

In Volunteer on April 1, 2012 at 5:59 am

RCASA wants you to Speak Out!

Speak Out! if you are a survivor who would like some help.

Speak Out! if you know someone who has been assaulted and are angry, confused, and just need to talk to someone.

Speak Out! if you have questions about “what to do next” if you or someone you know is sexually assaulted.

Speak Out! by volunteering to help RCASA with outreach events, office work, and fund-raising events.

Speak Out!
  RCASA is here to help survivors and anyone else affected by sexual assault.

Speak Out! for a safer community!

Please call RCASA’s CONFIDENTIAL, FREE, 24 HOUR hotline
(540) 371-1666 to talk today.

RCASA’s Friday Facts: Sexual Assault of Men

In Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness on March 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

Rape can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Any male can be the victim of sexual assault, regardless of age, class, race, disability or sexual orientation.

Although few men expect to be raped, it happens more than most people realize.  Approximately one in twelve adults seen by Sexual Assault Services are men.

Thousands of men are raped each year, yet only a fraction of these assaults are reported.  Male rape is one of the most under reported of crimes; male rape survivors are among the most under-served crime victims.

In our society, enormous stigma is associated with being the victim of sexual assault.

Survivors of sexual assault frequently encounter unsupportive or even hostile reactions from the criminal justice system, social service providers, family friends and lovers.

As a result, male survivors of sexual assault too often suffer the enormous trauma that rape can create in isolation and silence, trying to forget that the assault ever happened. Below are several common myths associated with male sexual assault followed by a brief outline of the facts.

Myth: A strong man can´t be raped.  He must have consented. 
Fact: In fact, being strong is no defence against rape and just because a man did not fight off his attacker does not mean he consented.  Surprise, a weapon, threats, being outnumbered or frozen by fear, makes fighting back impossible for most victims.  Any man can be raped when his attacker, for whatever reason, has more power.

Myth: Men are the offenders of sexual assault not the victims.
Fact: Although most offenders of sexual violence are men, men can also be victims.

Myth: Only gay men are raped.
Fact: Both heterosexual and homosexual men are raped and statistics show that victims are more likely to be straight than gay.  Sexual preference is not generally relevant, except perhaps where the victim is the target of an attack motivated by homophobia.

Myth: Only gay men rape other men.
Fact: Both heterosexual and homosexual men rape other men. Those who commit sexual assault are motivated by the desire for power over others and so sexual preference is not particularly relevant to them.

Myth: Men do not usually know their assailant.
Fact: Although men are sometimes sexually assaulted by strangers, it is more common for them to know their attacker.  Sexual Assault Services see men who have been raped by strangers, acquaintances, family members, teachers, colleagues, youth leaders, and others.

 If it´s someone you know, it´s not rape.
Fact: Your rights over your body are the same whoever is involved.  If the attacker is someone you know and trust, the abuse is in many ways worse.

Myth: If a victim is sexually aroused during a sexual assault, it means he wants to be raped.
Fact: Sometimes males who are being raped experience or are forced into a state of sexual arousal.  This does not mean that the individual wants to be raped.  This response, which may be involuntary, is one way the body chooses to protect itself from the physical and emotional trauma of the attack.

Myth: Men can’t be raped.
Fact: Any person can be the victim of rape.  Although outdated laws in NY State define rape of males as “sodomy”, the reality of the crime and the intensity of its impact make sexual assault one of the most devastating acts of violence a male can experience.

Myth: Rape of men only happens in prison.
Fact: Those who claim that rape of males happens only in prisons contribute to the continuing denial of the problem of rape in the larger community.  Sexual assault can occur anytime, anyplace.

Myth: All rape victims are young and weak.
Fact: Any male, no matter how old or strong, can be the victim of sexual assault.

Myth: The best way to cope with rape is to forget about it.
Fact: Denying the impact of rape can have serious emotional consequences.  Virtually any reaction is normal.  These can include anger, fear, guilt, self-blame, denial, depression, sexual dysfunction, sleeplessness, feelings of helplessness, feelings of being out of control and difficulty with concentration.  The intensity of these feelings can contribute to the individual’s decision not to tell anyone about the assault.

Men who have been raped are often very reluctant to seek help.  They are accustomed to bottling things up rather than talking about them.  Their reluctance to speak out may be increased by the fact that they are misled by some of the myths and misconceptions about men and rape, which are common in the community.  Although it can be hard at first to talk about the effects of being assaulted, most people find that it is very helpful to do so.

RCASA’s Art Therapy Thursdays

In Art therapy on March 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

The What and Why of Art Therapy

Often times people wonder how art therapy is different from “arts and crafts” or “art class.” Some people have memories of trying to create something “artistic” and the consequences or responses to this effort.  While creative experiences are important parts of every person, art therapy offers us a nonjudgmental approach to both familiar and foreign opportunities to use our imagination.

Art therapy may involve picking up a nostalgic pencil or crayon, but the intention is the same as picking up cleaning supplies or cold medicine.  The purpose is to give us a tool to manage our experiences, some of which we don’t want to talk about, others of which we have no words for.  Art therapy lets us talk without being limited by words.  It has no grades, no wrong answers, no bad work.  Art therapy is about letting a shape be a shape, a line be a line, existing because we put it there.  Next time you’re worked up or weighed down, take a minute and let your pen or marker roam where it may.  Try letting the crayon do the talking.

Víctimas y ofensores sexuales del Distrito de Planificación No. 16 de Virginia – Sistema Penal –

In Awareness Campaigns, Case Management, Hispanic/Latino, Legal Advocacy, Outreach, Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness, Systems Advocacy on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

Víctimas y ofensores sexuales del Distrito de Planificación No. 16 de Virginia

–          Sistema Penal –

Como navegadores del sistema de salud y Judicial y como asistentes de víctimas de violencia sexual muchas veces estamos enterados del proceso por el que sin pedirlo tienen que pasar nuestros clientes.  Desde la primera visita de emergencia al Hospital Mary Washington para solicitar un examen forense hasta la última audiencia a donde sentencian al agresor.

Muchas veces ignoramos el proceso del agresor  una vez que es arrestado.  La siguiente página electrónica: http://www.rrj.state.va.us/Inmate%20Processing%20Divison.htm nos muestra que es lo que sucede despúes de que el agresor es transportado a Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Article reproduced, translated, modified, and summarized to fit blog intentions from: http://www.rrj.state.va.us/Inmate%20Processing%20Divison.htm for prevention, informational and educational purposes to the Latino and other Immigrant Communities as part of Intervention Services for victims of sexual violence at the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, RCASA.

Artículo reproducido, traducido, modificado y resumido de: http://www.rrj.state.va.us/Inmate%20Processing%20Divison.htm apto para intenciones de esta bitácora cibernética con el propósito de prevenir, informar y educar a la Comunidad Latina y otras comunidades Inmigrantes como parte de los servicios de intervención del Concilio Rappahannock Contra el Asalto/Agresión Sexual.

 Inmate Processing Division

División de Procesamiento de Reclusos

The Inmate Processing Division includes Intake, Inmate Records and Property Departments.  The Intake Department of the Inmate Processing Division is responsible for the booking and release process of all persons committed or transferred to this facility.  They are responsible for serving all warrants, subpoenas and legal paperwork on currently incarcerated inmates as well as fingerprinting inmates through LIVESCAN.  They are responsible for taking Buccal Swab DNA samples on all inmates with qualifying arrests as well as on convicted felons.  In addition, they are responsible for sex offender registering currently incarcerated inmates that have qualifying convictions.  The Intake Department identifies suspected illegal aliens and forwards information to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement for investigation and possible deportation.  The Intake Department schedules bond hearings for inmates served with new warrants. The Intake Department processes inmates for scheduled releases, inmates bonding and or transferred to other facilities.  The Intake Department is responsible for notifying victims of inmate’s release if they have filed the appropriate victim/witness notification paperwork with the Victim/Witness Coordinator through the local jurisdictions Commonwealth Attorney Offices.

La División del procesamiento penal de reclusos está dividida en tres unidades o departamentos: El departamento de admisión del interno o recluso, el departamento de procesamiento de su archive/expediente y el departamento de propiedad.  El departamento de admisión de la division de procesamiento penal de internos o reclusos es responsable de:

  1. El proceso de fichaje y de liberación de todas las personas encarceladas o transferridas a este centro penal.
  2. La entrega de todas las órdenes judiciales, citaciones, y documentos jurídicos a internos actualmente encarcelados en el centro penal así como de obtener las huellas dactilares de estos internos a través de LIVESCAN.
  3. Obtener muestras de hisopo bucal de todos los prisioneros que reúnen estos requisitos así como también de criminales acusados con delitos mayores.
  4. Asegurarse que los ofensores sexuales actualmente en la prisión convictos de delitos mayores se registren apropiadamente.
  5. Identificar a inmigrantes de quienes se sospecha son indocumentados y entrega está información al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas  de Estados Unidos ( U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE) para una posible investigación y deportación.
  6. Programar audiencias para determinar/fijar fianzas a los internos servidos con nuevas órdenes judiciales.
  7. El procesamiento de las liberaciones programadas de los internos/reclusos, por la determinación de fianza de los internos y/o la transferencia a otras instalaciones penales.

The Inmate Records Department of the Inmate Processing Division is responsible for the development and maintenance of the inmate jail record.  The Inmate Records staff are responsible for assuring that information regarding charges, bonds, court dates etc are entered into the Jail’s Management System.  The Records staff are responsible for setting up and managing Video Arraignments of inmates scheduled to attend.  The Inmate Records staff  compute release dates for inmates sentenced up to 12 months.  They are responsible for sending jail credits to the Virginia Department of Corrections on all currently incarcerated inmates who have sentences totaling over 12 months.  They are responsible for making transport arrangements for inmates required to be transported to courts, other jails and the Virginia Department of Corrections.  The Intake staff is responsible for supervision of inmates in Intake for safety and security.

El departamento de archivos es responsable por:

  1. El desarrollo y mantenimiento del archivo del interno.  Su personal es responsable de asegurarse que la información con respecto a cargos, fianzas, fechas de comparecer en el tribunal, etc esten registrados en el Sistema de Administración Penal.
  2. El montaje y la administración de videos para la lectura programada de cargos al imputado.
  3. Calcular las fechas de liberación de reclusos/internos condenados hasta 12 meses.
  4. El envio de créditos penales al Departamento Correccional de Virginia en todos los reclusos/internos actualmente encarcelados , quiénes tienen sentencias que sobrepasan los 12 meses.
  5. El planeamiento/la coordinación de transporte para los reclusos que requieren ser transportados al tribunal, a otras cárceles y al Departamento Correccional de Virginia.   

El personal de admisión es responsable por la supervisión y seguridad de los reclusos en proceso de admisión, porque ellos esten sanos y salvos.

The Property Department of the Inmate Processing Division is responsible for the changeover and issuance of jail clothing and linens to each inmate housed at the jail.  They enter the inmate’s personal property in the jail management system and place the property in inmate number assigned property bags.  The Property staff are responsible for approved court exchanges and inmate requested release of personal property.  The Property Staff are responsible for releasing the inmate’s personal property upon their scheduled release.

El Departamento de Propiedad es responsable de:

  1. Recibir las pertenencias del recluso y de la entrega del uniforme de prisión y ropa de cama a cada recluso albergado en la prisión.
  2. La registración de las pertenencias del recluso en el Sistema de Administración Penal.
  3. De colocar las pertenencias del recluso en bolsas, previamente asignadas con su número reclusorio.
  4. Aprovar la petición del recluso de intercambiar su uniforme de prisión por sus pertenencias personales cuando tiene que presentarse en el tribunal.
  5. Entregar las pertenencias personales de los reclusos a la hora de su liberación programada. 

Questions or concerns involving the Inmate Processing Division may be directed to Captain Diane Wilson at diwilson@rrj.state.va.us or by calling 540-288-5281

Preguntas o inquietudes con respecto a la División de Procesamiento de Internos/Reclusos pueden ser dirigidas al Capitán Diane Wilson al diwilson@rrj.state.va.us o llamando al 540-288-5281

No olvidemos que si una persona sin documentos agrede a otra sexualmente, dependiendo de los cargos que se le imputa puede terminar registrándose como un ofensor sexual, cumpliendo su condena en este país, enfrentando una deportación inminente.

Normalmente una persona indocumentada despúes de permanecer cierto tiempo en Rappahannock Regional Jail puede ser transferido a:

Hampton Roads Regional Jail:

2690 Elmhurst Ln
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Teléfono: (757) 488-7500, o á

Immigration Centers of America, ICA – Farmville Detention Center 

508 Waterworks Road

Farmville, Virginia  23901

Phone: 434-395-8114

Dirección Postal:

(Nombre del Recluso) y (El número de inmigrante)

P.O. Drawer N

Farmville, Virginia 23901

Per: www.ica-farmville.com/about-us/

Located minutes west of historic Farmville, Virginia and approximately 70 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia, Farmville Detention Center is a facility designed to house adult male, non-criminal immigration detainees. As contracted by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) with the city of Farmville and operated by ICA, the facility and its’ staff and contractors are committed to provide a secure environment meeting the health and safety needs of nonviolent illegal aliens detained while being processed through immigration court.

De acuerdo a la página electrónica: www.ica-farmville.com/about-us/

Localizado minutos al Oeste del historic Farmville, Virginia y aproximadamente 70 millas al Sur Oeste de Richmond, Virginia.  El Centro de Detención Farmville (Farmville Detention Center) es una instalación penal designada a albergar al varón adulto, detenidos de inmigración no-criminales.  Según el acuerdo contraido por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas  de Estados Unidos ( U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE  con la ciudad de Farmville y operado por Los Centros de Inmigración de America , la instalación y su personal y contratistas están comprometidos a proveer un ambiente seguro cumpliendo con las necesidades de seguridad y de salud de sus detenidos inmigrantes no documentados no violentos mientras que están siendo procesados a través de la corte de inmigración.

Si ha sido víctima de violencia sexual y/o conoce a alguien que lo ha sido, llámenos a nuestra línea de Servicios de Intervención al 540-371-5502.  Si necesita ayuda inmediata y desea hablar con alguien en la línea, llame a nuestra línea de ayuda inmediata al: 540-371-1666.

Estamos dispuestos a servirles con cualquiera de nuestros servicios.

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