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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

DCRCC was born out of the spirit of relational power building and grassroots activism. Its early genius was in tethering community care and organized advocacy, ensuring that the voices and needs of survivors of sexual assault were always primary. This legacy of integrated, survivor centric responses remains rooted in DCRCC’s mission today.

DCRCC was founded in 1972 as one of the first rape crisis centers in the country. No legislation existed that protected the needs of survivors or defended bodily autonomy as a basic right. DCRCC pioneered the way—using street theater, lobbying for legislation and government funding, peer-to-peer support, community partnerships, and a home run hotline manned by volunteer community members,.

Since its inception DCRCC has proclaimed that all forms of oppression are linked, and that sexual violence is not and will never be a siloed cause or issue. In the words of Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not lead single issue lives”.

DCRCC is committed to the health and wellness of people with layered identities and complex needs. We work to inform, equip and engage stakeholders in eradicating sexual violence. In our 43rd year, we are working to power a culture of consent and leading the world in insistently imagining a world without rape.

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.