Last year, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center provided comprehensive services to 73 adult and child victims of rape and sexual assault in Madison County, according to Mae Suramek, executive director.
Those 73 victims and their families received around 500 services ranging from crisis counseling, long-term therapy and legal/medical advocacy from the BRCC — a regional non-profit organization whose core mission is to eradicate sexual violence and human trafficking, Suramek said.
The BRCC will conduct its first community fundraiser in Madison County at Acres of Land Winery Saturday at 7 p.m.
The event will feature a wine tasting of select house wines, hors d’oeuvres and a musical performance by local duo, Bourbon and Lace.
The event also will feature a “Best of the Bluegrass” silent auction that highlights Kentucky arts, crafts, restaurants and products.
Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (859) 253-2615.
“We hope this event will kick-off a renewed awareness about sexual violence in Madison County and promote more partnership opportunities within the local community,” Suramek said.
Founded in 1971, the organization serves a 17-county region with offices in Richmond, Lexington, Danville, Frankfort, Georgetown, Nicholasville and Winchester.
The BRCC has been operating in Madison County since 1999, and partners with both Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University to provide services, outreach and education, the director said.
Last year, the BRCC provided general education and training regarding sexual violence awareness and prevention to 2,840 people in Madison County, around 1,800 of which were mostly Berea College and EKU students, she said.
Among other things, the BRCC website provides information to survivors regarding the types of services provided by the center, a list of reactions common to survivors of sexual violence, as well as a section for male survivors.
The website also provides additional information about locations of SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) nurses, tips on filing a police report and contact numbers for VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), which provides critical information about inmates and protective orders.
For details regarding services, visit www.bluegrassrapecrisis.org or call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Crystal Wylie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 623-1669, ext. 6696.
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