We would like to share with the community the following article from The New York Times. We encourage you to participate in our community wide survey to see how assistance to victims of sexual assault can be improved. We also encourage you to share the link to this survey on your own personal pages.
A special message for survivors of campus sexual assault.
On Friday, March 7, Refuge House will have a visit from Amy Herdy, a journalist and filmmaker who worked on the groundbreaking documentary, The Invisible War. That film was about sexual assault in the military, and had an enormous impact on the way the sexual assault of soldiers is treated.
Amy and her team are now working on a film about campus sexual assault, across many communities in the United States. Amy would like to have the opportunity to meet with survivors of campus sexual assault during her visit with us.
If you are a survivor of campus sexual assault, and would like to share any aspect of your experience with Amy, please contact our Sexual Assault Counselor Yessica Golemme at (850)922-5570.
Amy will be here March 7, but will also be returning at a later time, too, if that would be a better fit for you.
Refuge House serves all people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault across the eight counties of the Big Bend. Refuge House offers support and resources to people who have been hurt by abuse or violence. We offer guidance and encouragement for families and friends worried about a daughter, sister, child, or parent. We are eager to meet with your church, professional group, workplace, or club to talk about how you can help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.
If you would like to offer your help in support of our mission, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of survivors and their children. Together, we can save lives, build hope, and end violence.
The mission of Refuge House is to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to their children and families, as well as to work to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy.
You Are Not Alone:
Domestic violence and sexual assault affect thousands of women, children and men in our community every year. Nationally, one in 5 women in the United States has been raped in her lifetime, and nearly half have experienced some other form of sexual violence. One in 5 men, too, have experienced either rape or some form of sexual violence. One in three women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
Refuge House responded to 2,866 domestic violence-related hotline calls, and 740 sexual assault calls. 358 women, children and men sought safety in our emergency shelters. 1,302 survivors reached out for assistance in securing protective orders through our Leon County Courthouse office. And 1,201 survivors gained healing and hope in counselling and therapy.
With support and resources, we see victims rebuild their lives and their hopes every day. We welcome you to join us.
No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, language spoken, marital status, or veteran status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity benefitting from federal financial assistance and administered by Refuge House. Foreign language and certified sign language interpreters or alternative auxiliary aids will be made available at no charge to the client.