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Create a community free from all forms of sexual violence.
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center empowers people through healing and social change to eliminate all forms of sexual violence. We are committed to transforming lives by providing services and education to meet the needs of our diverse community.
SBRCC is committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked. We are unswerving in ending sexual violence and oppression.
SBRCC will ensure the highest quality of service and program delivery by creating and utilizing best practices and continuing to develop our expertise.
We will conduct our work to meet the needs of all members of our community. We will design and implement our programs and services to promote positive social change by deliberately addressing the intersections of sexual violence and all other forms of oppression.
We will treat everyone with the utmost professionalism and respect and maintain the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality.
SBRCC will respect the rights and dignity of others.
SBRCC is committed to generating positive change and approaches sexual violence in a comprehensive and empowering manner. SBRCC provides services in a sensitive manner to survivors and their significant others.
As feminist women and men, we believe:
- Sexual assault is rooted in society’s assumption that one segment of society needs to dominate and control another.
- Sexual assault is perpetuated by institutionalized male domination as well as sanctioned discrimination, including racism, classism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism and ableism as a means of oppressing women.
- Sexual assault, exploitation, and discrimination are unacceptable and destructive to individuals and society. We are committed to ending these forms of oppression within our community and our society through empowerment in education and healing.
SBRCC acknowledges the political analysis and achievements of the feminist women who initially worked for societal changes. Our work is a continuation of their efforts.
The above philosophy is the foundation for existing programs and services.
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center is a private, non-profit agency that has provided counseling, crisis intervention, and support services to survivors of sexual assault and their families since 1974. The organization began with a handful of volunteers who identified a critical need in the community. Since then Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center has developed into an organization which each year provides multiple services to hundreds of clients and education to thousands of people in our community.
SBRCC is an inclusive organization that welcomes survivors, significant others, volunteers and staff of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, classes, abilities, and ages.