WHAT WE DO
Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center (MRCCAC) provides free and confidential services to sexual assault victims and their families.
The Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center advocates on behalf of its clients in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:
- Assisting with Crime Victim’s Compensation
- Acting as the liaison between victims and the investigative agencies or the judicial system
- Providing accompaniment to medical exams
- Providing accompaniment to prosecutor’s offices and judicial proceedings
- Providing referrals to community resources
Children’s Advocacy Program
Each year, too many children suffer from sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Unfortunately, in their attempts to help protect child abuse victims, our criminal and civil justice systems can inadvertently cause additional suffering to child victims and their families.
The Children’s Advocacy Center program was established in Midland County in 1996 in an effort to protect the best interests of child victims of sexual abuse and/or severe physical abuse as their cases proceed through the investigation and prosecution stages and beyond.
Child Protection Team:
The Children’s Advocacy Center program supports and coordinates the efforts of the Midland, Howard, and Andrews County Child Protection Teams of professionals consisting of:
- The Police Department
- Child Protective Services
- The County Sheriff’s Office
- Local Hospitals
- The District Attorney’s Office
The County Child Protection Teams Collaborate to:
- Coordinate investigations
- Limit, when possible, the number of times a child is interviewed
- Provide a child-friendly atmosphere for interviews
- Reduce the child victim’s travel to investigative agencies
- Coordinate medical and mental health services
- Increase public awareness about the incidence and impact of child abuse
Crisis Intervention Services
24-Hour Hotline Support:
Calling (432) 682-RAPE (7273) allows those in need of assistance to contact a real person any time of day or night for information on reporting assault/abuse, Center services, referrals, and crisis counseling.
The Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center staff and trained volunteers are available 24 hours per day to meet survivors of recent sexual assault/sexual abuse at the emergency room of Midland Memorial Hospital to support them through the medical and forensic examinations and to provide on-site crisis counseling for survivors and their loved ones. The Center staff and volunteers also provide resources such as temporary clothing and referrals to emergency shelters and transportation.
Soft Interview Room:
The Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center added a soft interview room as part of our trauma informed care of survivors of sexual assault. This space was created to be comfortable, allowing survivors to feel physically and emotionally safe while giving statements to the police. The comfortable feel of the room encourages survivors to come forward knowing they have a safe space.
The Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center Education Program provides an array of public awareness, educational, and training programs to a wide variety of audiences including:
- The Play It Safe Program for elementary school students
- Child sexual abuse workshops for local clergy
- Child sexual abuse and sexual assault programs for school administrators, counselors, and teachers
- Volunteer advocacy training
- Professional training in conjunction with the Children’s Advocacy Center program for law enforcement and child protective services
- Public Awareness Presentations to local companies
- Not a Number for child trafficking and exploitation prevention
The Education Program conducts community awareness activities throughout the year regarding child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse as well as sexual assault issues.
Therapy Program Services
Therapy Helps Survivors:
- To identify and accept their feelings
- To increase self-acceptance and self-respect
- To encourage self-reliance
- To improve coping skills
- To improve communication skills
- To be creative and resourceful in confronting problems
MRCCAC Therapy Clients:
Types of Therapy Offered:
- Sand Tray
- Thrive: Adult, Female Survivors of Sexual Assault/Abuse Support Group
- Adult, Male Survivors of Sexual Assault/Abuse Group
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I’ve been sexually assaulted?
First, get to a safe place as quickly as possible. Contact someone to help you – a friend, the police (911), or our hotline (432-682-RAPE). Do not shower, eat or drink, douche, or change your clothes as these activities can damage important evidence should you choose to prosecute the assailant.
Get medical attention. You may have hidden injuries or may want to explore options for preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
Finally, write down everything you can remember, in as much detail as possible. This can help your own healing process as well as help should you decide to take legal action.
We recently moved and my child received services at another CAC. Can they receive services here?
Absolutely! Please contact us and we can work with the CAC you previously visited to get pertinent details transferred over.
If I was assaulted two decades ago, can I receive therapy?
Yes. We know that the trauma of sexual assault and child abuse can last for decades when unaddressed, and that even when addressed certain events can trigger a re-emergence of the trauma. Please contact our offices and as for the therapy liaison to discuss your options.
Does the MRCCAC provide emergency housing?
No, the MRCCAC does not provide emergency housing. In the event one of our clients is in need of emergency housing, our advocates work with the client to contact other area nonprofits that do provide housing and find a safe place for them to go.
Are you a government agency?
No, the MRCCAC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Who do you provide therapy for?
We provide therapy for our CAC clients, adult survivors of sexual assault, and nonoffending family members of clients.
How can I get involved?
To learn more about the various ways to support and be involved with the MRCCAC, please click here.