Rape Crisis Center
Therapy. Psychiatry. Advocacy. Education. Outreach.
The For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center (RCC) began with the opening of the agency in 1986. It is the only Rape Crisis Center serving the 5 Mid-Shore Counties. The RCC offers comprehensive, free and confidential services in English and Spanish to survivors of sexual assault including crisis counseling, advocacy, case management and education for survivors of rape, and abuse as well as services for adults molested as children.
We're Here For You... We Believe You.
Sexual Assault Services
The Rape Crisis Center team consists of qualified Sexual Assault Survivor Advocates. The RCC provides 24/7 hospital or law enforcement response to sexual assault survivors. Advocates will accompany survivors to the hospital, law enforcement and court settings.
The role of the advocate is to support survivors and empower them to make their own decisions. If a survivor is in need of additional help, For All Seasons will provide ongoing therapy and/or information and referrals to other social services, legal services and/or available support groups.
A Survivor’s Story
Rachel was admitted to the hospital after being sexually assaulted. During her stay, an advocate from For All Seasons arrived to support her through the medical exam. The advocate provided her with a ‘comfort kit’ that included a travel bag, new outfit, including all undergarments, a journal, toiletry bag with daily supplies, water bottle, and a note of encouragement. She also received information about her options to report the incident to law enforcement and how For All Seasons can help her get through this trauma. After being discharged from the hospital, she met with a therapist to help her make sense of all that had happened to her. Two years later, Rachel is still in treatment but credits her advocate and therapist with saving her life. Day by day, with their help, she is healing from this trauma she endured.
If something similar has happened to you – call if you just want to talk. It’s never too late.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may call the RCC hotline 24/7 if you have any concerns about your experience. The experienced For All Seasons’ staff is here to listen and help you to access additional help if needed.
Sexual Assault happens regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or sexual identity. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center serves anyone that has encountered any form of sexual assault, harrassment or abuse.
For All Seasons does not offer these services, however, the staff can refer the perpetrator to another organization or group for support.
For All Seasons will provide support for the survivor and those close to the survivor.
It is your choice to report the crime to the police. For All Seasons staff provides support and confidentiality. If you choose to report the crime, staff is available to accompany you to medical, police, and court appointments.
If you experience an assault, you have options including calling the RCC hotline, going to the hospital, or calling the police. There are several hospitals on the Mid Shore that provide care through certified sexual assault nurse examiners – Easton Memorial Hospital, U. of M. Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, U. of M. Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. It is advised that you do not change clothing or shower after an assault and prior to the hospital visit. If possible, visit the hospital within 72 hours to increase the chances of DNA evidence. The decision to report the crime is the survivor’s choice. The For All Seasons RCC Advocates will accompany you to the hospital or police station as requested. You will be informed of all your options and wrapped with support. Your advocate will also provide you with a comfort kit that includes a travel bag, basic clothing, footwear, and undergarments, personal hygiene items, a journal, and other items to return dignity and comfort.
For All Seasons offers many services to help you move forward. Crisis appointments are available onsite as soon as 24 hours after the incident. Long- term counseling is available with a licensed clinicians to provide continued support for wellness and self-care
Latino Outreach & Education
For All Seasons provides bi-lingual education and outreach programming for populations across the Mid-Shore with a focus on high-need areas. Through advocacy, resources, and support groups our staff is empowering individuals and communities of all ethnicities, races, genders, sexual identities, and ages.
The education piece encompasses evidence-based curriculums and activities emphasizing healthy relationships, self-esteem, self-awareness, life-skills, and self-care.
Groups are offered weekly for men, women and girls. Meaningful topics are addressed including the challenges of assimilating to a dual-cultural life, and ways to reinforce a sense of pride and connection with Latina culture. All workshops are facilitated in a relational, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent manner.