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Monterey County Rape Crisis Center


To provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education.

The Big Idea

The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center has a big vision: that Monterey County be known as a community where people live free from sexual violence. The agency provides sexual violence prevention clubs in six Monterey County high schools, where young people learn about healthy relationships and use their knowledge to create change in themselves, their schools and their communities. The My Strength Club for young men promotes male-positive, nonviolent messages and challenges oppressive masculine roles that can lead to violence. The My Life Club empowers young women to embrace their strengths and make safe and healthy decisions for themselves. Club members learn to recognize attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of sexual violence, examine media messages and their influence on behavior, and apply healthy communication strategies in various situations. In addition to weekly club meetings, students organize awareness-raising activities and participate in community events.

The My Life Club is the only way I learned about relationships, mental health and sexual assault, and was something that the school district doesn’t provide for us. This club is a safe place to share how we feel and what happens to us.

- Pearl Dronet

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.