APRIL MARKS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault
Miami, FL – Millions of women and men are the victims of sexual violence each year – an act that is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. Yet according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it is the most under-reported violent crime in the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime in the United States. The first experience with most victims of sexual violence occurs before the age of 25.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Jackson Memorial Hospital, home to the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center, is raising awareness of sexual violence by hosting educational outreach events during the month throughout Miami-Dade County.
Established in 1974, the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center is the only center of its kind in Miami-Dade County. It is named after women’s rights activist and Florida Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Roxcy O'Neal Bolton.
“Jackson Memorial Hospital is like a lighthouse at sea to ships,” Roxcy O'Neal Bolton said. “Ships look out towards a lighthouse for direction and that is what the center is to victims of assault.”
Over the years, more than 48,000 victims have been helped at the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center. The center provides emotional and medical support – in a completely confidential setting – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center cares for victims of sexual assault, ages 12 and over. All services are provided free of charge for all victims, regardless of whether the crime is reported to police.
The center also offers the following additional services:
- Forensic evidence collection and preventive treatments
- Crisis intervention
- Information and referrals
- Community awareness
- Support groups
- Prevention/risk reduction education
The center’s staff provides outreach throughout Miami-Dade County, offering safety tips on how to avoid becoming the victim of sexual assault, including:
- Do not agree to plans that make you feel uncomfortable or unsure.
- Always plan for a backup way home in case your ride falls through.
- Try not to rely on public transportation late at night. If you have to take a bus or train at night, use stops that are well-lit and populated.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Be alert.
- Always trust your instinct: If you sense danger, react immediately and run away.
Rape treatment services are also available at Jackson South Community Hospital, 9333 S.W. 152nd Street. These services are also free of charge and completely confidential.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, or if you have questions or need help, call the confidential hotline at 305-585-RAPE (7273). Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136