Tropical Storm Erika Update
Jackson Health System is open for business and operating as usual.
Jackson Health System is dedicated to serving children, adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault. Through the Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center, services are provided at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson South Community Hospital to victims and non-offending family members and relatives of the victims. The center provides comprehensive quality medical treatment and crisis counseling by a team of doctors, nurses and therapists all sensitively trained to work with rape victims. All services are at no cost and are completely confidential regardless of police involvement.
Services Provided At These Hospitals & Locations
Jackson Memorial Hospital
The Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center provides services to children, adolescents and adult victims of sexual assault (the only center of its kind in Miami-Dade County), as well as non-offending family members and relatives of the victims. The center, founded in 1974, was one of the first rape treatment centers established in the United States and has since provided treatment to over 42,000 rape victims. The youngest victim was two weeks old; the oldest victim was 98 years old. Since 1990, an average of 2,000 victims of sexual assault are treated annually-65 percent are under the age of 18 and 45 percent of those victims are 11 years of age and younger.
All services are free of charge and completely confidential.
Hotline: Call 305-585-RAPE (7273) any time you have questions or need help. You can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Medical Treatment: A medical exam is necessary to provide testing for and prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea etc., and to obtain the required forensic specimens when there is police involvement. Our doctors, nurses and counselors are available to provide support and answer your questions.
Counseling: We provide crisis counseling for you and your family to help you identify and deal with your feelings. Counseling services are available to survivors of recent and past rape traumas.
Support Groups: Provide parental and adolescent group therapy.
Community Education: The Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center provides educators to discuss and inform the community regarding rape awareness, precautions and services available.
Where you live:
- Keep your doors and windows closed and locked at all times, even if you run down to get the mail or laundry or to a neighbor's for a minute.
- Don't ever just open your door when someone knocks. Look through a peephole or ask through the door who is there. If you are alone, never state this or open the door. Tell the person to come back later.
- On the phone, always get information, but don't give information. Take a message or pretend you are taking a message. Don't give out your name or say who you are. They are calling you-get their name, who they want to talk to and why they are calling.
- If someone is abusive to you, tell someone who you can trust-keep telling until someone helps you to stop the abuse. You can also call (800) 962-2873 (1-800-96-ABUSE) or 911 and report what is happening to you.
When you go out:
- Always plan for a backup way home in case your ride falls through.
- Go out with trusted friends. If you go to parties or hang out with people, always make sure you are with several friends that you trust.
- Don't agree to plans that make you feel uncomfortable or unsure.
- Feeling safe is your number-one priority! Don't ever compromise your safety to make someone else feel comfortable.
- Do not use drugs or alcohol because when you are drunk it is very difficult to protect yourself and make good decisions.
When using public transportation:
- As much as possible, pick stops where others are waiting. If you have to wait alone, stay alert to your surroundings.
- 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.
- When waiting, sit near a group of people. If someone makes you feel uneasy, move.
- On the bus or train, sit near the driver or conductor's station. If someone makes you uncomfortable, move.
- Sexual assault is always the molester's/attacker's fault. Rape and sexual assault are never the victim's fault. Following some general safety rules can lower your risk of becoming a victim.
When walking/biking/roller skating:
- Always be aware of what is going on around you. Stay alert to your surroundings.
- Carry yourself with confidence-head held up and shoulders straight. In this way you will be aware of what is going on around you and you will appear alert, strong and capable of resistance.
- Keep your hands free-use a backpack, waist pouch or any type of carrier that can be slung across your shoulder or strapped around your waist or back.
- At night, stick to well-lit, populated areas and walk/bike/skate with another person. Avoid being out alone or in isolated areas.
- Plan your route and know the area. Identify places where you can go for help in the area and know where phone booths are.
- Don't use shortcuts or go to places alone to skate or bike, such as parks or boardwalks.
- Take special precautions in stairwells, elevators, bathrooms and dark and/or isolated areas with foliage and shrubbery.
- If you suspect that you are being followed, go to the nearest populated place. If you choose to flee, go as fast as you can and scream to attract attention. Scream "fire," not "help" or "rape."
- Always trust your gut instinct: If you sense danger, react immediately and get away.
- Never stop to give someone directions or answer a question. Keep walking/biking/skating. If someone approaches you, refuse them and keep going.
- Never accept a ride from a stranger or someone you have seen around, have known only a short while or someone who is a friend of a friend.
Kristi House (child victims of sexual abuse and their families)
Journey Institute (long-term counseling)
Miami, FL 33136 305-585-1111