I am a
Champion. – Kelsey Campolong, survivor and RVA client
Rape Victim Advocates doesn’t just
believe survivors of sexual violence; we believe IN them. We are proud to
be celebrating 40 years of staying true to our mission, 40 years of serving
thousands of survivors like Kelsey.
In the past fiscal year, we served
over 1,800 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, services that
would not be possible without our loyal and committed donors. With your support,
Rape Victim Advocates will continue to serve those who need us the most.
In 1974, Rape Victim Advocates began
with ten volunteers, no office, and serving one hospital. Today we have over
150 committed volunteers, 18 dedicated staff members, four offices across the
city and we partner with 14 hospitals. Our services grew from crisis
intervention to a comprehensive range of services including individual and
family counseling, medical and legal advocacy, support groups, prevention
education and professional training. In 1974, RVA was a small group of
self-taught volunteers. In 2014, we are part of the necessary local and national
conversation about sexual violence - we’re hosting monthly Men in the
Movement discussions to bring men into the work to end sexual violence,
speaking to media about rape culture, and myth-busting in schools and
universities. The one constant spanning 40 years: RVA’s commitment to
ensuring that no survivor is ever alone.
We cannot deliver
our vital services without your help. We know that the support and
inspiration provided by thoughtful individuals like you is truly our strength.
This year, we ask that you consider making a $100 gift to RVA - one counseling
session – a healing opportunity for a survivor to be heard, believed and
believed in. Your generous gift today will help us continue to offer hope to
survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.
From all of us at RVA, thank you for
supporting Kelsey and countless other survivors - survivors who are
Warm wishes for a peaceful holiday
season and a wonderful new year,