RDAP Support Groups

RDAP offers a variety of support groups, traditional and non-traditional for domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors and their support system of a family/friend that are 16 years old and older. 

Traditional Support Groups:  We offer a support group at 2 different times each week.  All survivors are welcome to these groups, there is no need to preregister. These groups both meet at our office.

Tuesdays @ 1 pm                                                                                                                                          Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

Non-Traditional Support Groups: Traumatic events can be difficult to express in words - artistic activities like drawing, painting, writing or sculpting clay can soothe mental tension and bring healing. We welcome you and your support system to join us as we get creative!      

Yoga - Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm (Flex & Ryde-1013 S Cottonwood)                                                        Walking Club - Mondays @ 6:00 pm (various location in NP)                                                                      Art Class - Monthly @ Times TBA @ RDAP office 

 All of our support groups are absolutely FREE, but you must pre-register for the non-traditional classes to make sure we have enough supplies and space.  Please call our office: 308.532.0624 or email: info@nprdap.org to learn more and sign up.

Adult Art Classes Now Offered at RDAP

Adult Art Classes Now Offered at RDAP

RDAP offers art classes for sexual assault survivors and their family/friends that are 16 years old and up. 

Traumatic events can be difficult to express in words - artistic activities like drawing, painting, writing or sculpting clay can soothe mental tension and bring healing. We welcome you and your support system to join us as we get creative! 

The classes are FREE, but space is limited. Please call our office (308.532.0624) or email (info@nprdap.org) to learn more and sign up.

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Mary Kay grant awarded to North Platte RDAP

The Mary Kay Foundation awards grants to 150 shelters from 49 different states during Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program of North Platte was one of those recipients.  The generosity of organizations, like the Mary Kay Foundation, allow us to help combat domestic violence, educate our community and provide much needed shelter services. Please visit www.marykayfoundation.org to learn more!

Lady Gaga - Til It Happens To You

This month, CNN Films will broadcast the feature documentary THE HUNTING GROUND about sexual assault on American college campuses -- the failure of universities to address the problem, and the rise of a new student movement.  Released Sept. 17 in conjunction with the documentary, Lady Gaga's devastatingly personal ballad "Til It Happens To You" -- co-written with Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren -- draws upon the sexual assault the artist suffered at the age of 19. "We don't have to be victims," says Gaga. "If we share our stories and stick together, we're stronger."  A portion of proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.  Please note that this video is very graphic and may not be appropriate for everyone. 

Ashley Judd's recent essay recalls rape/incest

Here is an excerpt from Ashley Judd's op-ed essay in the "Pass the Mic" series on mic.org that recalls her personal experiences with rape/incest:

"I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery. I seized it. My own willingness, partnered with a simple kit of tools, has empowered me to take the essential odyssey from undefended and vulnerable victim to empowered survivor. Today, nine years into my recovery, I can go farther and say my "story" is not "my story." It is something a Higher Power (spirituality, for me, has been vital in this healing) uses to allow me the grace and privilege of helping others who are still hurting, and perhaps to offer a piece of education, awareness and action to our world.

The summer of 1984 was tough for me. I experienced two rapes by an adult and systematic molestation from another adult, who also had another man in the room watching (I now understand this was to ensure he had a witness, in order to undermine me in the event I tried to report the incident). I have done purgative, cathartic work on those particular acts of violence. The nature of recovering from trauma is that it can be ongoing, with deeper levels of healing and freedom coming with indefatigable persistence to keep chipping away at it ...

... Let me tell you: I am exactly like every other survivor, and the sexual assault centers of our country are for me, just as they are for all of us."

DV Powerful Spoken Word Piece at the Grammys

Brooke Axtell, an Austin-based activist who fights against domestic violence and sexual assault, performed a spoken-word piece before Katy Perry's performance of "By the Grace of God."

My name is Brooke Axtell and I am a survivor of domestic violence.  After a year of passionate romance with a handsome, charismatic man, I was stunned when he began to abuse me. I believed he was lashing out because he was in pain and needed help.  I  believed my compassion could restore him and our relationship.  My empathy was used against me.  I was terrified of him and ashamed I was in this position.  What bound me to him was my desire to heal him but my compassion was incomplete because it did not include me. When he threatened to kill me I knew I had to escape. I revealed the truth to my mom and she encouraged me to seek help at a local domestic violence shelter. This conversation saved my life. 

Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not honor and respect you, I want you to know that you are worthy of love. Please reach out for help. Your voice will save you. Let it extend into the night, let it part the darkness. Let it set you free to know who you truly are -- valuable, beautiful, loved.

How Domestic Violence Affects Business

Each year domestic violence costs businesses $3-5 billion in lost productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover and health care costs.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

PRODUCTIVITY

96% of battered women report workplace problems because of domestic violence.

74% of battered women report being harmed by their batterer at work.

60% of victims report that they are tardy due to domestic violence; 50% miss work; 70% have difficulty performing tasks; 60% were reprimanded because of problems associated with abuse and 30% lost their jobs.

SECURITY

94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence as a high security problem at their companies.

LIABILITY

OSHA requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all employees.

Consider the statistics.  If you think your business is not affected by domestic violence then think again.

Home

I walked into the the back door. As soon as I shut the door I could smell something wonderful cooking. I stepped into the kitchen to be greeted by a handsome young man checking on dinner. " You are the cook?" I was impressed!
I followed the sound of laughter into the living room, where kids and moms were gathered. All the couches and chairs were full. I counted heads, like the mother that I am to make sure all my chicks were home.
As I headed to the office upstairs, I could still hear the voices and the laughter and smell dinner on the stove. Felt just like home.
To seven families . . . The RDAP shelter is home.

The Message . . .

When North Platte Police Department created the design for the beautiful coin that was made to represent their department the words they chose carried a message that needs to be heard around the world.

                    There is NO EXCUSE FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE

                                  !  Thank you NPPD for sharing it everywhere you are!

 

 

NO MORE! KNOW MORE!

October is Domestic Violence Awarness Month.
All of you that come here and keep track of our work,
those of you that have helped by answering crisis line,
those of you that are willing to step up and speak out
,
THANK YOU!

This month make it a goal to teach someone about domestic violence.  Help them understand, the question should not be "Why does she stay" - ask the question 'Why does he hurt  her?"
Education is the key, for victims and for everyone out there that doesn't understand the barriers that domestic violence creates.

The best question of all  .  .  .  "How can I help? 

Thanks for joining Team RDAP

It's a team effort.
When people stand together against domestic violence - domestic violence will lose.

Each time someone takes a stand and says, "Not on my watch," we are closer to a society that will not tolerate domestic violence.  When others join our team we put out a better and stronger message to those that need our help that says, "We care about you, we are here  and we  want to help."

Our thanks to  Union Pacific LEAD - A Woman's Initiative for their continued support.  Their recent Wine Tasting gifted $1,000.00 TO RDAP.    More plans are in progress as we 'team up' with LEAD, an outstanding organization that believes together we will bring change.