VIDEO: New Funds Available for Domestic and Sexual Abuse Education

Local - 11/14/2012 5:08 PM by Heidi Moore

Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced yesterday that more than $150,000 in federal funding will be made available to help the rape prevention and education program. 

Sexual assault and domestic violence are traumatizing experiences. that's why it's welcoming news to resource centers.

"We are so fortunate to have support on the federal level, to make funds available, to do prevention education because prevention education is the key." Said Patricia Bailey, the Executive Director of the Woman's Resource Center in Raleigh county. 

The centers are excited for the funding as it will allow them to continue educating the public more efficiently. 

"It actually also allows us to be able to attend training in the area. To go to classes and gain more knowledge and be able to come back and here and actually present it to the community where we can actually hold training for other people and presentations." Said Ashley White a Victim Advocate at WRC.

"It's really nice to know that we are going to be able to do some of that with the little bit of money that we'll get." Bailey said. 

These funds are especially important here in southern West Virginia, where domestic violence and sexual assault are a significant problem.

"I guess a lot of people think that, because it is such a small town, but just living in such a small area and everyone knows everyone its really shocking to know how much violence does occur." White said. 

"Over 3500 victims of domestic violence and 181 victims of sexual assault. Now for Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, and Summers counties, that seems like a huge amount and it is." Bailey stated. 

In order to combat these staggering numbers, prevention education must start at an early age.

"If we can arm our children from the little littlest guys on up about the dangers of sexual assault they're going to be better protected." Bailey said.

They hope more awareness to the issue will break the cycle of abuse.


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