The Little Feathers Project worked to enhance the current rape crisis services program to remove barriers to engage and reach six tribal communities in their region. Through Little Feathers, RCIP extended their outreach efforts to local tribes within their tai-county area to provide community education, prevention, and direct client services. The ultimate goal of this innovation grant was to engage tribal members to complete RCIP’s 64hr State Certified Training to become volunteer sexual violence advocates who will respond to their tribal communities and reservations.
The Rape Crisis Intervention of North Central California (RCIP)
The Rape Crisis Intervention of North Central California (RCIP) is a non-profit organization focused on providing services for survivors of sexual violence and their significant others as well as extending sexual assault prevention education. For the last 44 years, RCIP has been providing services to sexually violated victim/survivors in three northern California counties (Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties) two of which are designated rural frontier counties. RCIP works in tandem with medical facilities, local police and sheriffs, the judicial system, and collaborates with various social services to ensure that survivors’ rights are honored and that they are connected with proper services.
RCIP seeks to empower clients and public alike to realize that they have the strength to make safe and healthy choices. RCIP’s client services include: a 24 hour crisis line, peer counseling, rape and incest survivors’ support groups, follow-up advocacy and accompaniments for hospital visits, police interviews, and court appearances. RCIP’s rape prevention education services include: acquaintance rape programs for junior and senior high schools, sexual harassment education for kindergarten through college, assault prevention programs for senior, care-providers and support staff. RCIP’s community education offers: speaking engagements to concerned groups, community services clubs, campus organizations and classes; professional training to teachers, medical staff, childcare providers, legal personal, and law enforcement. Their advocacy program for Crisis Intervention Training consists of a 64-hour state certification course wherein participants are provided with skills needed to assist survivors, information on intervention and referrals, and California laws.