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DCRCC Policy Agenda

  • Past initiatives
    • Sexual Assault Victims Rights Amendment Act (SAVRAA) – DCRCC was instrumental in advancing SAVRAA in 2014.  This important piece of local legislation for the District of Columbia was inspired by the experiences of survivors and advocates, and contained several elements to furnish more support for victims, including codifying necessary qualifications of and access to sexual assault victim advocates, confidentiality of communications between victims and advocates, faster processing of rape kits and attention to the rape kit backlog, information-sharing with victims, and increased accountability of the local police department’s handling of sexual assault cases and citizen complaints.  DCRCC was active in supporting and equipping survivors in testifying and organizing around SAVRAA as well as moving the legislation towards passage in DC.
      *For full text of the Bill see PDF Attachment SAVRAA 2013 Full Bill
    • DCRCC has also shown its support by signing onto the following letters:

ALAS letter to President Obama
Justice For Victim Trafficking Bill
Letter Supporting bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill
NAESV comments to DOE about VAWA Reauthorization
Rape Kit Support Letter
SAVRAA 2013 Full Bill
VAWA Reauthorization Key Provisions

The DC Rape Crisis Center's Response to COVID-19

The DC Rape Crisis Center is deeply committed to the health, wellness and saftey of our clients, as well as the broader community. Out of abundance of caution, and in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic, the DC Rape Crisis Center is suspending in person services, and will be delivering services remotely until further notice. 

Our therapists will be providing virtual counseling services to youth & young adults, as well as adults who need our support during this challenging time.You can still call or email to schedule an intake appointment for services.  For adults you may reach out to Rubi Mancilla at 202-470-1188 or

For Youth and Young Adults you may call Alyza Weinberg at 202-470-1530 or

Our advocates are available via our 24/7 hotline please reach out if you need support 202-333-RAPE.

If you are any agency and would like to request training and technical assistance virtually please reach out to Chandra Dawson at 202-618-5088 or

We know that these are challenging, and unprecedented times right now.  The staff at the DC Rape Crisis Center will continue to create pathways for your healing journey. If you have any further questions please reach out to

We are wishing you, and your loved ones good health. Take care and be well.