With the help of certified advocate volunteers, the RVCC Victim Assistance program helped more than 1300 victims of violent crime last year, mostly victims of sexual assault. Nearly 300 of those sexual assault victims were children, most of them abused at the hands of a family member or close acquaintance. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 17. Those statistics cross all boundaries of ethnicity, income and education.
The numbers are trending even higher this year and the team of prevention volunteers is working constantly to spread the word that violence is not acceptable in homes, schools or neighborhoods here in Abilene and the Big Country. Last year, RVCC’s Prevention Team reached almost 15,000 K-12th grade students in local schools, and almost 5,000 young adults and other community members. In addition, RVCC trained more than 4,800 professionals on specific topics of child sexual assault.
The newest Prevention Team members are training Saturday, July 12, in offices, and volunteer applications are being accepted for Victim Assistance training scheduled to begin August 2nd.
The Big Country CASA program is also recruiting volunteers for future trainings.