About Us


The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. The Center works for social change through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. It helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.

Committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked, the Center values accessibility, cultural diversity and the empowerment of women and children.


The DC Rape Crisis Center was founded in 1972. One of the first in the nation, it served as a model for those that followed. We celebrate our 40th Anniversary this year, reinvigorating our focus on “Building a Future Without Sexual Violence.”

Core Services and Programs:

Helping Women, Children and Men in the Aftermath of Sexual Violence – We offer individual therapy, support groups, classes, and more, including path-breaking Mind/Body work.

Accompanying Survivors Through the Systems – We help survivors navigate medical and legal systems that otherwise can be overwhelming.

Being There, 24/7 – Trained counselors provide a supportive, listening ear to survivors 24 hours a day through our crisis hotline. Male counselors are available upon request.

Educating the Community – We advance risk-reduction through girls clubs in middle and high schools, presentations in elementary schools, programs in the community, training of professionals, newsletters, and more.

Community and Systems Change – We work with our allies in the criminal justice, advocacy, health, and related systems to continually improve laws, policies, and practices to best serve survivors of sexual violence and to advance prevention moving forward.

Board of Directors

Rebecca Woods – President
Lisa Brown Morton –Vice President
Joyce Bader – Treasurer
Venise Byrams – Secretary
Jim Barratt
Cristal Brun
Katie McCall Larson
Madia Logan
Judith Stockmon
Sherelle Hessell-Gordon, ex officio


Executive Staff

Sherelle Hessell-Gordon, Executive Director
Santa Molina,  Director of Counseling and Advocacy
Melinda Coles, Director of Community Education
Lois Frankel, Director of External Affairs

For information on Volunteering:
Jieun Sung

For information on Support Groups or Intake:
Indira Henard

Contact Us:

DC Rape Crisis Center
PO Box 34125, Washington, DC 20043
Business: 202-232-0789
TTY: 202-328-1371
Fax: 202-387-3812
Hotline: 202-333-7273
Email: dcrcc@dcrcc.org