Rape Treatment

Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center (RTC) is a non-profit, hospital-based sexual assault crisis center located on the campus of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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About Us

In 1971, the incidence of rape increased in the Miami area drawing media attention and mobilizing local feminists. Roxcy O’Neal Bolton wasn’t afraid to talk about it, and she marched against rape down Flagler Street. As a result, the Miami-Dade County Commission formed a countywide Rape Task Force. Members included housewives, business and professional women, and mental health and law enforcement agencies. By the end of the first meeting, the members agreed on the need for a new rape crisis program. In 1973, the Rape Task Force proposed, and the Miami-Dade County Commission approved, county funding for the Miami Rape Treatment Center (RTC). In 1974, the Miami Rape Treatment Center opened its doors as a county-supported organization and fiscal extension of Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the first rape treatment centers in the nation. The youngest victim was two weeks old; the oldest victim was 98 years old.

During the late 1980s, Jackson Memorial Hospital recommended the establishment of a Volunteer Advisory Board for the active participation of concerned Miami-Dade County residents. The board was to assist the RTC administration in carrying out the mission of the RTC and increasing its presence through community outreach activities. Dorothy J. Hicks, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, served as the first medical director of the Rape Treatment Center from 1973 to 1993. Dr. Hicks carried out this important mission to provide sensitive, confidential care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all victims of sexual abuse and rape. She appointed Karen J. Simmons, M.D., as her successor.

Dr. Simmons served as the RTC medical director until September 1, 2008. During this time, she distinguished herself as a teacher, contributing greatly to community-wide understanding for survivors of sexual assault. She also shared her knowledge with police officers, prosecutors in the State Attorney and U.S. Attorney’s offices, high school students, college sociology classes and operators of cruise ships about the impact of sexual assault.

RTC is the only comprehensive rape treatment center in Miami-Dade County. RTC is also one of the few rape treatment centers nationwide to provide an all-inclusive approach to the care and treatment of victims of sexual assault ages 12 years and older.

Our Staff

The center is staffed with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE-trained), who provide comprehensive, quality medical treatment. The center’s victim advocates are available to provide support and crisis intervention, and short-term counseling services are offered by licensed clinicians. RTC is certified by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV), a statewide nonprofit organization committed to victims and survivors of sexual violence and the sexual assault crisis programs who serve them.

All staff is sensitively trained to work with victims of sexual assault. RTC services are at no cost to the survivor and are completely confidential regardless of police involvement or reporting status.

About Us

In 1971, the incidence of rape increased in the Miami area drawing media attention and mobilizing local feminists. Roxcy O’Neal Bolton wasn’t afraid to talk about it, and she marched against rape down Flagler Street. As a result, the Miami-Dade County Commission formed a countywide Rape Task Force. Members included housewives, business and professional women, and mental health and law enforcement agencies. By the end of the first meeting, the members agreed on the need for a new rape crisis program. In 1973, the Rape Task Force proposed, and the Miami-Dade County Commission approved, county funding for the Miami Rape Treatment Center (RTC). In 1974, the Miami Rape Treatment Center opened its doors as a county-supported organization and fiscal extension of Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the first rape treatment centers in the nation. The youngest victim was two weeks old; the oldest victim was 98 years old.

During the late 1980s, Jackson Memorial Hospital recommended the establishment of a Volunteer Advisory Board for the active participation of concerned Miami-Dade County residents. The board was to assist the RTC administration in carrying out the mission of the RTC and increasing its presence through community outreach activities. Dorothy J. Hicks, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, served as the first medical director of the Rape Treatment Center from 1973 to 1993. Dr. Hicks carried out this important mission to provide sensitive, confidential care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to all victims of sexual abuse and rape. She appointed Karen J. Simmons, M.D., as her successor.

Dr. Simmons served as the RTC medical director until September 1, 2008. During this time, she distinguished herself as a teacher, contributing greatly to community-wide understanding for survivors of sexual assault. She also shared her knowledge with police officers, prosecutors in the State Attorney and U.S. Attorney’s offices, high school students, college sociology classes and operators of cruise ships about the impact of sexual assault.

RTC is the only comprehensive rape treatment center in Miami-Dade County. RTC is also one of the few rape treatment centers nationwide to provide an all-inclusive approach to the care and treatment of victims of sexual assault ages 12 years and older.

Our Staff

The center is staffed with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE-trained), who provide comprehensive, quality medical treatment. The center’s victim advocates are available to provide support and crisis intervention, and short-term counseling services are offered by licensed clinicians. RTC is certified by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV), a statewide nonprofit organization committed to victims and survivors of sexual violence and the sexual assault crisis programs who serve them.

All staff is sensitively trained to work with victims of sexual assault. RTC services are at no cost to the survivor and are completely confidential regardless of police involvement or reporting status.

Special Services

RTC is open 24/7 to serve victims of sexual assault and their non-offending family members. All services are free of charge and completely confidential.

Medical Treatment

A medical exam provides 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. Pre/post exposure prophylactic medication is also provided.

24/7 Crisis & Sexual Assault Helpline

The center is available any time you have questions or need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 305-585-RAPE (7273). This Helpline provides immediate telephone crisis intervention services to victims and their non-offending family members. For hearing or speech impaired, please contact us through Florida Relay at 1-800-955-8771, TTY.

Information & Referral

RTC staff is available in person or by phone to provide assistance, answer questions and offer resources related to sexual violence.

Crisis Intervention

Victim Advocates provide sexual assault victims and their non-offending family members with immediate emotional and physical support.

Advocacy

Victim Advocates are available to provide personal support in accessing services or information needed as a result of sexual assault.

Accompaniment

Victim Advocates are available to provide in-person support to emergency medical/forensic services, law enforcement interviews, doctor’s appointments, and court appointments to ensure the sexual assault survivor’s interest is represented and their rights are upheld.

Community Awareness

RTC staff is actively engaged in informing the public about sexual violence and available programs and services for victims of sexual assault. RTC conducts presentations and awareness events for colleges/universities, military personnel, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, correction facilities, public/private schools, and the general public.

System Coordination

RTC coordinates with medical facilities, advocacy/community agencies, law enforcement (if the victim decides to report), mental health services, college/universities, State Attorney’s Office, Office of the Attorney General and any other relevant group (which includes participating in the local SART) in an effort to ensure victims of sexual assault has access to the full array of both core and enhances services.

Support Groups

Groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. Groups are composed of people with similar experiences who can come together to heal their pain and offer strength to each other. This service is free and confidential. Support Groups are held Mondays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Please call to reserve your spot at the next group session. For more information, call 305-585-7273.

Counseling/Therapy

Therapists at RTC are licensed mental health professionals that utilize a strength-based perspective in working with sexual assault survivors. Therapy is tailored to each individual’s personal goals and needs. Therapy services are available to survivors of recent and past sexual assault traumas. Therapists also treat non-offending family members who have been affected.

Victim Compensation/Relocation Application Assistance

Victim Advocates are certified through the Office of the Attorney General to provide victim compensation, relocation, and human trafficking application assistance to victims of sexual assault.

Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Jackson Health System earned top marks for their policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients and their families. Jackson is proud to continue its trend as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” We respect the unique nature of your rights, keeping an open visitation policy and providing assistance with healthcare surrogacy.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. Some forms of sexual assault include but are not limited to:

  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

Sexual Assault is a traumatic and emotionally devastating experience that can happen to children, women, and men at any age. The crimes of sexual battery, marital rape, sexual harassment, stalking, and child sexual abuse inflict physical and mental trauma to survivors and robs them of their sense of safety and well-being. Rape is the most under-reported crime in America, so it is difficult to know how many lives are affected by sexual violence.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that 321.500 Americans 12 years and older are sexually assaulted or raped.

Some victims of sexual assault experience memory problems, flashbacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, recurring thoughts, and feelings of isolation. Reactions vary from person to person. RTC is available to provide support and assistance. Sexual Assault is a crime, and it is never the victim’s fault.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. Some forms of sexual assault include but are not limited to:

  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

Sexual Assault is a traumatic and emotionally devastating experience that can happen to children, women, and men at any age. The crimes of sexual battery, marital rape, sexual harassment, stalking, and child sexual abuse inflict physical and mental trauma to survivors and robs them of their sense of safety and well-being. Rape is the most under-reported crime in America, so it is difficult to know how many lives are affected by sexual violence.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that 321.500 Americans 12 years and older are sexually assaulted or raped.

Some victims of sexual assault experience memory problems, flashbacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, recurring thoughts, and feelings of isolation. Reactions vary from person to person. RTC is available to provide support and assistance. Sexual Assault is a crime, and it is never the victim’s fault.

Safety Tips

Where you live

  • Keep your doors and windows closed and locked at all times.
  • Look through a peephole before opening the door. If you are alone and feel uncomfortable, ask the person to come back later.
  • When talking to someone on the phone, do not give out your personal information. Make sure to get the person’s name and the reason for their call.
  • If someone is being abusive to you, tell someone who you can trust. You can also report the abuse on the Abuse Hotline by calling (800) 962-2873 (1-800-96-ABUSE).
  • If you feel that you are in immediate danger call 911 for help.

When you go out

  • Always plan for a backup way home in case your ride falls through.
  • Go out with trusted friends. There is safety in numbers.
  • 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; the use of these substances can impair your judgment and make it difficult to protect yourself.

When using public transportation

  • Choose stops where others are waiting. If you have to wait alone, stay alert of your surroundings.
  • 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 feel uncomfortable, move.
  • 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

  • Stay alert of your surroundings.
  • 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, stay in 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; know where emergency phones are located.
  • 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.

Get Involved

Become A Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, the first step to becoming a volunteer is to apply online https://www.jhsmiami.org/VolunteerApp. For further information, please contact Volunteer.Resources@jhsmiami.org or 305-585-6541. Thank you for your interest.

Donate
You can donate to the RTC by giving online. Thank you in advance for your donation. Here’s how:

  • Log on to http: https://jacksonhealthfoundation.org/rtc
  • Choose the amount you would like to give
  • You can choose the option to donate gift in honor of someone or an organization.
  • Place your payment information in the space provided
  • Press donate button

Get Involved

Become A Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, the first step to becoming a volunteer is to apply online https://www.jhsmiami.org/VolunteerApp. For further information, please contact Volunteer.Resources@jhsmiami.org or 305-585-6541. Thank you for your interest.

Donate
You can donate to the RTC by giving online. Thank you in advance for your donation. Here’s how:

  • Log on to http: https://jacksonhealthfoundation.org/rtc
  • Choose the amount you would like to give
  • You can choose the option to donate gift in honor of someone or an organization.
  • Place your payment information in the space provided
  • Press donate button

Location

Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue,
1st floor, room 116A
Miami, FL, 33136

305-585-7273

Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location

Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue,
1st floor, room 116A
Miami, FL, 33136

305-585-7273

Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.