Survivors of rape can make an anonymous report with the Gainesville Police
Department through the website:
We applaud the Gainesville Police Department for creating a secure website
allowing survivors of rape to share information anonymously. The
information will be kept confidential, and survivors have the option to share as
many or as few details as they are comfortable providing. For example, the
survivor does not have to identify herself or himself. Most importantly,
we encourage all survivors to seek medical assistance and support services.
Counselors are available on our 24 Hour Hotline at (352) 264-6760 or toll free
at (866) 252-5439 to speak with you.
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Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center is offering a 10 week
support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) survivors of
"Intimate Partner Violence". The group begins in late October and is free
of charge. This support group will allow survivors of intimate partner
violence to connect with other survivors and begin exploring ways to heal in a
safe and supportive environment.
Alachua County Victim Advocate Therapist, Jennifer Heard said, "The trauma that
intimate partner violence creates can take months or even years to overcome."
She continued, "Many LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence do not come
forward or seek out services for several reasons, including fear of not being
believed, being unsure of what inclusive services are available, and fear of
ridicule or discrimination. With this group we aim to create a safe,
inclusive space for all survivors that will allow them to connect with one
another and begin reclaiming their strength through shared experiences."
This group is available to survivors that identify as members of the LGBT
community and is open to all gender identities and gender expressions.
For more information, contact Jennifer at 352-264-6737.
Almost all of us, at some time in our lives will be touched by crime, through
the loss of a loved one or as a victim ourselves. People who have survived an
act of violence or the death of a loved one that is painful emotionally and
physically may experience a full range of reactions. The Alachua County Victim
Services & Rape Crisis Center provides services to survivors of interpersonal
violence, sexual violence and personal injury crimes. Established in the
Gainesville/Alachua County community for more than 36 years, the program is
available to support and assist anyone who is a victim or survivor of violence.
Originally, providing primarily traditional core services such as criminal
justice accompaniment, crisis intervention and assistance with victim
compensation the County's Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center is the
cornerstone of victim services in the Gainesville/Alachua County community. The
program has received statewide and national recognition for providing creative
and non-traditional services for victims of violence, such as a computer
workstation to provide internet access to employment opportunities and tutorial
software for writing a resume and managing finances, etc.
If you choose not to contact our program or utilize our services, we wish you
the best. If you decide to contact us, we are only a phone call away, (352)
264-6760; 24 hours a day, we welcome your call.
We also welcome you to read our
brochure on the services that we offer.
In August 2008, Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center launched MySpace and
Facebook webpages with the mission of providing online services to victims of
sexual assault and other violent crimes. These sites cater to internet
savvy users and those who do not feel comfortable talking with someone in
person. The MySpace webpage offers victims the opportunity to chat
confidentially online with one of our counselors using MySpace Instant
Messenger. Both sites allow victims to send messages and obtain helpful
information online, from the comfort of their homes.
Click here to visit the MySpace page:
Click here to visit the Facebook page:
Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is proud to announce that
The Long Road: Images and Words by Survivors of Sexual
Violence, are available free of charge to citizens. This
anthology originated as a product of a Survivors of Rape Trauma Support Group
that focused on writing as an exploratory and healing tool. Members
completed writing exercises throughout the 10 week group, then chose pieces for
inclusion in the printed work that they felt conveyed what they needed or wanted
to share with others.
the group, survivors from the public were also invited to share images and
writing. The final version includes an array of themes common to survivors
of sexual violence at all stages of the healing journey. Male and female
survivors, people hurt as adults and as children, people hurt within the context
of a relationship, people experiencing a range of emotions from anger to shame
to determination to serenity, thoughts expressed about supporters and about
loved ones who could not be supportive - so much of what is here will
strike a chord with other survivors, and perhaps offer them hope about their own
The Center is pleased to have met the three goals of this anthology: to
give survivors a space to voice their experiences, to reach out to survivors who
feel as if they are alone and disconnected after the violence, and to educate
the public at large so that more people can understand and offer support to
survivors. Copies are available at the Community Support Services
building, 218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, or by calling 352-264-6764.
Please be aware that the anthology contains strong language, and may not be
appropriate for all ages or audiences.
"This book is written by and for teen survivors of sexual violence. The
teens who contributed to this work have used their journal writing and artistic
expression to aid them on the journey to healing."
We invite you to read this book:
Broken Places: These are the Words and Expressions of Teen
Survivors of Sexual Violence and Trauma.