MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $30,000 to help an Auburn-based organization continue its services for victims of sexual assault.
Rape Counselors of East Alabama serves victims of Lee, Chambers, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties with multiple services aimed at helping victims overcome the physical and psychological trauma of sexual assault.
“When sexual assault unfortunately occurs, victims need to know they are not alone and that professional help is available,” Gov. Ivey said. “Rape Counselors of East Alabama has the resources and the know-how to help victims get through those troubled times.”
Rape Counselors of East Alabama has an established crisis hotline to respond to victims at all hours and times. The agency also works with law enforcement and medical agencies and the court system to ensure victims receive health and legal services.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Gov. Ivey is adamant that victims of sexual crimes receive prompt and comprehensive services to enable them to overcome their ordeals,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is a dedicated partner in these programs to assist victims.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.