Wednesday, April 17, 2013
At the April 9 Mount Pleasant Town Council Meeting, Mayor Billy Swails and Mount Pleasant Town Council proclaimed April 2013 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Mount Pleasant.
Mayor Swails recognized People Against Rape (PAR), an organization established in Charleston in 1974 to provide advocacy services to adult victims of sexual assault. PAR was the first rape crisis center created in the State of South Carolina.
“PAR volunteers strive to provide high-quality advocacy and support services to women and men who are survivors of sexual violence, and to empower them during their healing process,” said Mayor Swails. “I encourage everyone to support PAR’s efforts.”
PAR volunteers provide confidential advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse, responding to calls 24/7 through its Crisis Hotline, accompanying victims through the evidentiary medical exam, and providing them emotional support and factual information about the protocol procedures associated with the aftermath of a sexual assault.
PAR has undertaken an extensive reorganization of its agency and a recommitment to its mission over the past year to ensure the continuation of its vital services and financial stability.