A bit of C.A.R.E. History
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Inc. of Charlotte County (C.A.R.E.) began operating as the Charlotte County Rape Crisis Center in May of 1983. Founder Jane Brenner and Bill Riley organized a group of trained volunteers dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault through their crisis.
Bill Riley came up with the idea to start C.A.R.E. when he responded to a hospital call regarding a teenage girl who had been raped. He was disturbed that the parents blamed the victim because she put herself in that situation, out after curfew. Bill Riley then realized the need to provide safe and judgment free care for victims.
At C.A.R.E., we are still striving to provide safe and judgment free care for victims. If you or someone you know are the victim/survivor of sexual assault, domestic violence or another violent crime, please know you can come to us and we will do all we can to help and be a support.