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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in the spirit of providing resources and education, Carroll groups who work with survivors will be gathered at a Domestic Violence Education & Prevention Forum.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Westminster will partner with the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County to host the forum.

“It’s for the whole community,” said Mary Dudderar, an organizer of the event. “The idea is to make resources available there at the event.”

The evening will begin with keynote speaker Terry Smack, a domestic violence survivor and the founder of Westminster-based Terry’s Tag & Title. This will be followed by a forum made up of representatives from different local organizations giving an overview of their work and answering audience questions.

Click here to read the entire article in today’s Carroll County Times.

Jane Doe reporting is an alternative for rape victims

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County held a free training session on Jane Doe reporting, presented by MCASA and held at Carroll Hospital.

At least 60 percent of all sexual assaults go unreported in the United States, according to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. And that, they say, is a conservative estimate.

There are many reasons victims of sexual assault choose not to report. But one can be a reluctance to speak with law enforcement.

Jane Doe reporting is a form of reporting that allows a victim to receive medical care and forensic evidence testing — valuable in court, but nearly impossible to collect after 120 hours following a rape — for free and without reporting to law enforcement right away.

Click here to read the entire article in the Carroll County Times.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service names Walk a Mile in Her Shoes winners

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County has announced the winners of the ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

More than 200 walkers participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which netted close to $13,000 to benefit Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, who hosted the event, according to a news release from RCIS.

The 2017 Highest Fundraising Team was Gerstell Academy. Thirty-two walkers on the team raised $2,797, according to the release.

For the sixth year in a row, Stephen Hirsch was the Highest Fundraising Individual. Hirsch raised $1,737, according to the release.

Click here to read the entire article in the Carroll County Times

Advocates ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ to support fight against rape, sexual assault

More than 200 survivors, supporters and advocates took to the streets Saturday morning to speak out against rape and sexual assault at the annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser.

As the marchers made their way along Main Street, passing by those waiting to get into the PEEP show and participants in Westminster’s annual Easter egg hunt, pedestrians stopped to cheer on the message as cars driving by honked their horns in support.

Click here to read the entire article in the Carroll County Times from April 8, 2017.

Editorial: Raise awareness about sexual assault, Rape Crisis services

Editorial: Raise awareness about sexual assault, Rape Crisis services – Carroll County Times

At first blush, learning that the number of individuals served by the nonprofit Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County has dropped by nearly a third in recent years would seem like a good thing. It’s possible the number of sexual assault victims in the county has dropped. It’s just not probable.

From 2008 through 2012, Rape Crisis served nearly 300 individuals each fiscal year, July through June, according to statistics provided by CEO Janice Kispert. But between FY12 and FY13, the number of individuals served dropped from 290 to 146. The number increased slightly to about 200 in fiscal years 14 and 15.

Click here to read the entire editorial featured in the Carroll County Times on July 22, 2016.

Rape Crisis turns to napkins to help spread message

It was Wednesday afternoon around lunch time and with the fair weather the patio at Maggie’s Restaurant, in Westminster, was packed with diners as Katy Tote walked up. But it wasn’t a bite that brought Tote, the Outreach Specialist for Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, to the restaurant: She was there to deliver napkins.

“The napkins say, ‘If you see something, say something. Be an active bystander,’ and they also have our 24-hour hotline number,” Tote said. “This is our bystander campaign, where we are trying to get people to be better bystanders in our community.”

Click here to read the entire article in the Carroll County Times, July 21, 2016.