Assemblymember Richard Bloom Honors Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center as Nonprofit Leader in California

Thursday, June 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has honored Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Assemblymember Bloom and Rape Treatment Center staff on Assembly Floor Rape Treatment Center (RTC) has become a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides exemplary care for sexual assault victims – both children and adults, as well as prevention and education programs across the country. Rape Treatment Center has provided free emergency medical treatment, forensic services, and crisis counseling to over 50,000 victims and their families.

“For over 40 years, Rape Treatment Center has made it their mission to combat rape culture and sexual abuse,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom. “This organization focuses on bringing compassion, generosity, and understanding to individuals while simultaneously combating sexual violence. I applaud the valuable work that Rape Treatment Center has accomplished and hope to see their advocacy continue throughout the nation in the upcoming years,” said Bloom.

Rape Treatment Center was created in response to the lack of comprehensive services for sexual assault survivors. It has become not only a safe haven, but also an advocate for policy reform and education. Rape Treatment Center reaches out to thousands of students in middle schools, high schools, and colleges each year to help them learn about rape, sexual assault, peer sexual assault, and ways to safely intervene when they witness a peer being sexually assaulted. The organization also provides professional training to victim services providers, including police, paramedics, and school personnel to enhance the treatment victims receive in the aftermath of a sexual assault.  

“RTC is not only a leader in Los Angeles, but a model for the country. Rape Treatment Center has changed the practices and treatment of sexual assault survivors. Their programs and practices are lead with compassion and guided by the experiences they have with sexually assaulted victims.”

Richard Bloom chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation. He represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.