On Wednesday, December 2, Hearts of Hope announced the continuation of their campaign to end sexual violence in Acadiana.
The virtual campaign entitled, "NO MORE: Together we can end sexual violence in Acadiana," is focused on education and awareness of sexual violence and raising funds to help bring it to an end.
"The goal of this campaign is to educate community members about the issue of sexual violence, increase awareness about our agency and programs, and raise critical funding to continue and expand our services throughout our multi-parish area," said Amidie Shaw, Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach at Hearts of Hope.
Education pieces, issue area trainings, images, and messaging related to the impact and effects of sexual violence, and community involvement are being distributed through Hearts of Hope's website and social media pages, the organization says.
New content related to the campaign will be launched daily through the end of the year.
Hearts of Hope is the Children's Advocacy Center for Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, Iberia, St. Landry, Evangeline Parishes.
The center serves children with open investigations of sexual and extreme physical abuse.
It is also the Sexual Assault Response Center (Rape Crisis Center) for 6 parishes in Acadiana, responding to adult survivors 24-hours a day via their Crisis Line, and in partner Emergency Rooms at area hospitals.
Hearts of Hope recruits, trains, and schedules the specialized nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) who collect evidence from survivors in the Emergency Rooms. Other services include forensic interviews, individual and group counseling, legal and medical advocacy and more.
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