Victims of Sexual Assault in Mississippi Have More ServicesBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 15 Nov 2012 06:39pm |
Victims of sexual assault in Mississippi now have more services available to them at a Violence Prevention Center in Pearl.
MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how its designed to help victims through an undoubtedly stressful process.
As a sexual assault nurse examiner, Taylor Ruup has seen firsthand the devastating affects rape has on its victims.
"It's a life changing event that is very hard and people need extensive therapy. And we're there to try to help them get through the first stages as well as outreach and the healing process."
Statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Unfortunately, many of those attacks will go unreported. At the state capitol yesterday, Sandy Middleton, Executive Director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl announced that her organization has begun a new service that aims to provide quality support for victims.
"Because we want victims to be empowered with the knowledge. And so if a victim decides to press charges they can. If they chose not to then the role of the center will be to provide services to help them through the process of healing whether its therapy or advocacy."
Out of every 100 rapes only about 12 lead to an arrest. Those statistics have caught the attention of State Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood is currently asking Mississippi lawmakers to consider implementing a sexual assault offender training program similar to what is already in place in the city of Clinton.
"If you commit domestic violence there and are convicted you are sentenced to have to go to domestic violence training, the offender does, once a week for an hour for six months. And the offender has to pay for it. And so we want to spread it across the state and require every offender to have to go through it because they have a one percent recidivism rate and so it works.
Experts say sexual assault is not about lust and desire but a violent crime of power, control and dominance. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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