Mission Statement

To empower those victimized by sexual violence through advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy and to educate the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of sexual violence.
Philosophy: That every person victimized by sexual violence is treated with dignity and respect and is empowered to work toward recovery.

We uphold the highest professional standards and are accountable to our clients, partners, donors, and the greater community.

We recognize and validate all experiences through respect for diversity of culture, race, gender, socio-economic status, physical and mental abilities, faith, and sexual orientation.

We embrace and value diversity in our staff, board, and volunteers. As an organization that supports inclusion, we utilize the unique talents of all people.

We believe in social justice and work to improve and enhance systems to better serve victims.

We understand that sexual violence is a deeply rooted community problem. As such we are dedicated to developing community alliances to better serve people effected by sexual violence and work toward its elimination.

We provide information and education designed to improve the understanding of the causes and prevention of sexual assault.

We represent our collective victims and speak and act publicly on their behalf.

We work toward the day when sexual violence is part of history, rather than a part of our daily lives.

Our History

In 1974, a small group of volunteers and community leaders in Salt Lake City initiated a local community rape awareness program. They put together the first team of local volunteers for the purpose of going to hospital emergency rooms to support survivors of rape and sexual assault. In January 1975, the Salt Lake Rape Crisis Center was incorporated as a private non-profit organization and by 1978; the Center had the 24-hour crisis line in place.

In 1980, the Rape Crisis Center, the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office, local police departments, local hospitals and the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office jointly established a protocol for victims reporting crimes of rape. This procedure, called the Code R, was designed to provide immediate service to victims of rape through a standardized rape evidence collection process, medical case and crisis intervention.
In 1995, the Salt Lake Rape Crisis Center was renamed Rape Recovery Center (RRC) to symbolize the hope of recovery. In addition, the Rape Recovery Center administered the statewide coalition, CAUSE (now UCASA) at the Center.

In our 36th year of service to the community, the Rape Recovery Center is focused on our core mission. With a tight budget and a lean staff, we must spend our resources and time efficiently — on those services and programs that have the most impact. We’re focused on what the Rape Recovery Center has always done best: advocating for victims, addressing systematic problems, and working toward a societal paradigm shift– in the hopes of preventing sexual violence in the first place.