The Rape Crisis Center unveiled its new expanded client services center Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The center services victims of sexual violence in Clark County. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Reps. Steven Horsford and Dina Titus were at the event.
“What you see here is a community effort,” Sen. Cortez Masto said. “What we had today was opening doors to expand the opportunity to help more people in our communtiy; it’s unfortunate that we still have to help women and children specifically who are victims of sexual assault.”
Due to the increased demand for services, a larger location within the same office is being utilized. The new office is 3,000-square-feet larger than the old space, but much of that new space will be part of the counseling center.
“We had in our old space two counseling offices that eight therapists were trying to share and would alter schedules, so we moved to five counseling offices,” said Daniele Staple, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center.
“We been able to add 25-hours a week of counseling in this space with the new availability; we have new groups forming and a lot going on,” said Staple.
“The rape crisis center is not only committed to creating awareness of sexual assault but also creating a program such as SAINT,” said Sally Bridge.
“SAINT is a sexual assault initiative to have a little bit of that class to all personnel,” said Capt. John Pelletier, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Captain.
SAINT, which stands for Sexual Assault Intervention, was developed for workers in the valley.
Captain Pelletier says the program helps to identify someone in need of help.
“The more comfortable people feel with their education and the initiatives, and what we’re teaching — the more comfortable they are going to feel to intercede,” said Pelletier.
Thanks to the new space the Rape Crisis Center was able to start a new trafficking-related group. The center also hopes to get a group for men as well.