Ritchie Delivers Funds To Support Rape Crisis Services

State Senator Patty Ritchie is marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month by announcing she has delivered $116,000 in special funding to help support the efforts of local organizations seeking to stop the spread of violence, rape and sexual assault throughout Central and Northern New York.

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will benefit rape crisis services at the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Oswego County Opportunities and St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House.

“From physical harm to psychological side effects, rape and other forms of violence have a long lasting impact on victims,” said Senator Ritchie. “Those who are affected by these terrible acts of violence need a shoulder to lean on, and that’s where our local assistance centers come in. The work they do is invaluable, and I am pleased to support their efforts to stop the spread of violence.”

“Whether it’s a child or an adult, rape and other forms of violence have the potential to destroy lives,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of Oswego  County Opportunities. “Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be invaluable as we work to continue to provide rape crisis services to victims in the Central New York area.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 293,000 people are victims of rape or sexual assault annually.  In addition, it’s estimated that one in three American women will be sexually abused during their lifetime.