Wolf’s proposal for rape crisis funding an asset for sexual assault services

Walking home alone on the sidewalk at night is a reoccurring fear in my life. My parents enrolled me in a self-defense class at the age of five, and I achieved my black belt at the age of 13.
That accomplishment did not lower the anxiety I feel when walking alone. As a 5-foot 5-inches, 110-pound individual, I could never imagine someone of my stature measuring up against someone larger for my own personal safety.
It is a terrifying thought to know that one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. It’s even more alarming to know that every two minutes in America, someone somewhere is being sexually violated.
On March 3, Gov. Tom Wolf released his budget plan for Pennsylvania during the 2015-2016 year, and in it he proposed an increase for funding for rape crisis services.
According to the Pennsylvanian Coalition Against Rape, Governor Wolf is calling for a 10 percent increase which would bring the total funding to $9,639,000.
Although it probably won’t stop sexual violence from happening, it is great news to know that there is somewhere to go to after the incident occurs. This 10 percent increase will help PCAR and the 50 rape crisis centers located within the 67 counties of Pennsylvania by allowing them to staff 24/7 hotlines, counseling to victims, escorts to the police and/or hospital, accompaniment to court appointments and prevention education.
I think the services that PCAR will be able to offer would be fantastic. I believe that prevention education will play a great role in working with communities so individuals will be able to stop the sexual violence before it happens.
Hotlines would be respectful and possibly anonymous, which I think is an important part in today’s society. There is no need to be ashamed of anything that happens because it can happen to anyone: females, males, children, adults and everyone else in between.
I believe this increase will create a more united community within Pennsylvania and help individuals who have been affected know that they are not alone.

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