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When we began, rape crisis centers were just emerging around the country, arising from the Women’s and anti-violence movements of the 60’s and 70’s.  Many of those, including our agency, came from a pro-feminist perspective. They believed that without addressing underlying root causes, there would be continued systemic violence, and with violence there could be no true equity. From those early years, we viewed sexual assault as an outcome and weapon of oppression and understood that you could not end the violence without changing the underlying social norms.  We viewed sexualized violence as a social justice issue and recognize the contributing factors of intersections of racism, classism, genderism, ableism, transphobia, and homophobia and all other forms of discrimination or “othering.”  Through the years, our understanding of sexualized violence expanded and grew to encompass non-stranger assaults, intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, sexual abuse against boys and men, violence as hate crimes against the LGBTQI community and communities of color, and trafficking and exploitation. 

Originally named Humboldt County Rape Crisis Team (HCRCT), The North Coast Rape Crisis Team (NCRCT) was established in 1972 through the actions of committed volunteers. Arising from grassroots movement strategies, a group of volunteers saw a need and decided to serve their community. This was a time when rape crisis centers were just emerging across the country in response to injustices within systems of response and a lack of knowledge and awareness throughout most communities.  Local volunteers began their work with a core set of values-which have been maintained throughout the years-including the “feminist” values of equality, equity, believing in the rights of every individual to live free from violence, understanding that sexualized violence is both a tool of and outcome of many intersections of oppression, knowing that those who survive violence are the best teachers, and that the community as a whole has a role to play in manifesting what Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as “Our Beloved Community.” NCRCT strives to provide survivor-centered, free and confidential services to people of all ages, genders, and circumstances, regardless of how recent or long-ago traumatic experiences occurred.  Believing that only through deep change of social norms can we hope to reach our Vision, we also provide primary prevention, education, and raising community awareness through a wide variety of age and culturally specific programs.

1972 - HCRCT Began

A group of women came together to support a friend after being sexually assaulted. From that group, an organization formed whose primary focus was on creating a more supportive response to rape survivors-- particularly within the criminal justice system.

1984 - Child Abuse Prevention

Funding for child abuse prevention became available and our Child Abuse Prevention Project (CAPP) programs were developed, offering age-appropriate school-based prevention programs.

1992 - Name Change

To better describe our service area and more equitably serve Del Norte County, the organization changed our name from the Humboldt Rape Crisis Team to North Coast Rape Crisis Team.

1996 - Child Abuse Services Team

NCRCT was a founding member of CAST, which was created to provide thoughtful and appropriate forensic interviews for children as well as dependent adults who have experienced abuse.

2014 - Cal Poly Humboldt's Check It Club Launches

Cal Poly Humboldt's Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and NCRCT worked together to develop Check It-- a unique and now nationally recognized bystander intervention, student-led movement aimed at creating a more consent-centered culture and empowering people to take action.

2018 - Check It Club Begins High School Pilot Program

With support from California Department of Public Health and CPH Check It, NCRCT created a program for high schools. COVID-19 slowed progress but in 2022 Check It Club became active at Arcata High School. Expansion to high schools throughout Del Norte and Humboldt is anticipated.

1981 - Incorporation

HCRCT became a 501(c)(3) non-profit and provided services to Humboldt and Del Norte County Residents.

1988 - Del Norte Office Opens

To better serve Del Norte County communities, we were able to open a second office in Crescent City. Del Norte has also had an Advisory Council, which advises the NCRCT Board of Directors as to the needs and best practice approaches for the unique communities in Del Norte.

1992 - Sexual Assault Response Team

NCRCT became a founding member of SART and has continued to partner with Tribal and other organizations within the criminal justice and medical systems. As a part of our role, we are first responders when an evidentiary exam is ordered or requested.

2008 - Actions to End Violence

Starting in 2008, classes have been held annually at Cal Poly Humboldt called ACT I and ACT II, which encourage and develop skills for those who want to create and manifest survivor-centered actions to change rape-supportive culture and create consent-positive cultural change.

2015 - Cal Poly Humboldt CAT Begins

Through a partnership with Cal Poly Humboldt, NCRCT opened an auxiliary office on the CPH campus and developed our campus-specific program, the CPH Campus Advocate Team (CAT).

2018 - Emergency Services Expanded

Through a CDBG grant specific to Crescent City and a DOJ grant focused on Southern Humboldt, NCRCT was able to expand emergency services such as shelter, clothing, and transportation.