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Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) Program

HISTORY

Rape Intervention Services and Education of Sullivan County advocates victims of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides various services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education. In 2010, Crystal Run Medical Center, now Garnet Health Medical Center, recognized how vital the RISE Program was for the community and stepped in to offer a home for them when we faced possible closure. Starting  April 1, 2021, RISE is transitioning under Fearless! Under Fearless!, the RISE Program will continue its longtime partnership and collaboration with Garnet Health Medical Center, supporting anyone suffering the physical, emotional, and medical impacts of rape and other sexual trauma and will continue to reside in office space within the hospital.

The program advocates for sexual abuse victims. Staff members will accompany the victim to the hospital, police, or district attorney after an incident and will provide assistance. RISE also offers confidential individual, family, or couples counseling as well as support groups, prevention education, and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number 845-791-9595.

Download our RISE Brochure for more information about our program. Please note: the brochure below will be updated to reflect RISE moving from Garnet Health Medical Center to Fearless! 

Services for Children, Teens, Women, and Men

24-Hour Crisis Hotline – 845-791-9595

RISE provides crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff and volunteers are on hand at all times to provide understanding and confidentiality to our callers.

Information and Referral

Callers receive factual information on a variety of community agencies that are available for further assistance. The staff counselor identifies the caller’s needs and provides appropriate referrals, including phone numbers and addresses, so individuals may secure the help they seek.

Support Groups

Several support groups meet weekly at the RISE office under the direction of a trained professional in an atmosphere that encourages them to talk through their traumatic experiences and to help one another in their recovery. Day and evening groups are offered.

  • Trauma Recovery & Empowerment
  • Victim to Survivor
  • Incest Survivor

Counseling

The professional staff at RISE gives confidential counseling to survivors, their families, and their friends.

 

Police, Court and Emergency Room Advocacy

Trained volunteers are available to victims and their families to provide information and support through medical and legal processes.

 

Volunteer Training

Volunteers receive 30 hours of initial training on rape and sexual assault. The training allows them to anticipate victim reactions and to provide referral sources. Volunteers receive an additional 10 hours of in-service training each year.

 

Education Programs

RISE offers a variety of workshops and programs for students, educators, law enforcement personnel, and human services professionals. The RISE staff conducts, upon request, workshops for schools, churches, civic and social groups.

RISE education programs are tailored to meet specific group needs and requests. Programs can include video clips, role-playing, group discussion, and interactive group participation.

RISE education programs address common myths, attitudes, and stereotypes that can lead to sexual violence.

Workshops and programs can include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Date/Acquaintance Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Good Touch, Bad Touch, Confusing Touch
  • Sexual Health

Education is the key to preventing sexual abuse!

After a Sexual Assault

It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel or what your options are after a sexual assault. Please know that you are not alone and that what happened was not your fault.

Your safety is important.
If you’re not feeling secure, consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. You do not have to go through this alone.

If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 9-1-1.

Go to the emergency department as soon as possible.
You may have injuries that are not visible. Delays can complicate treatment and if desired, evidence collection. It is important to go to the emergency department as soon as possible.

If possible, bring a change of clothes. Do not change clothes, bathe or brush your teeth if you wish to have evidence collected. Evidence can be stored for 30 days while you decide if you want to file a police report or press charges.

If you do not have safe transportation available, dial 9-1-1. Explain what has happened to you and ask to be taken to an emergency department for medical care. If you feel unsafe, ask for police protection and assistance.

Children will be evaluated locally. Some patients may be transferred to a SAFE Center hospital where a pediatric sexual assault forensic examiner is available.

If you have any questions, call the RISE hotline.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, RISE provides crisis intervention. Call the RISE hotline at 845.791.9595.

How We Helped in 2019

  • Advocacy Services

    24,845

  • Nights of Safety

    5,419

  • Adults & Children Served

    4,391

  • Hotline Calls

    7,968

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