Midland Rape Crisis Center Sees More Cases 10/17/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 17, 2012
MIDLAND, TX - As the population continues to boom in the Permian Basin, The Midland Rape Crisis & Children Advocacy Center is seeing an increase in the amount of cases this year.
"There's not really a typical victim. Sexual assault doesn't look at boundaries. It doesn't look at age. It doesn’t look at race. It doesn’t look at gender … it has no boundaries," said Executive Director Midland Rape Crisis & Children Advocacy Center Jamie Poe.
In the center’s hallways are decorated with artwork from former victims. “The Wall of Hope” is a mural of handprints left by victims who've come through the center. Poe stated that these lasting marks are continual growth.
" Midland Rape Crisis & Children Advocacy Center offered services to over 1,000 primary and secondary victims. Last year we conducted 486 interviews with children," said Poe.
She stated that by June 2012, there were already 100 more cases than last years’ total and before the year is complete they expect to see nearly 200 more.
"Some of them seem to move on faster… For some victims the years of issues effects them because of the assault they've been through," said Poe.
Now they are asking those involved to speak up about abuse to break the cycle of abuse.
If you or anyone you know is being abused or has been raped... contact the midland rape crisis and advocacy center at their 24-hour hotline (432) 682- RAPE.