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FRC to host dinner, silent auction

Posted: November 23, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Family Resource Center, a children’s advocacy and rape crisis center, will host a dinner and silent auction to inform citizens in Kershaw and Lee counties about the effects of abuse and raise money to support its prevention and counseling programs.

“It’s Time to Get Involved,” is the theme of this year’s event, which will be held at the Robert Mills Courthouse, on Broad Street in Camden, Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature Tom LeClaire, of the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Law Office, as the evening’s speaker, and offer a “wide-variety” of items for bid from as far away as Indonesia and Africa and as close to home as a Panther’s game in North Carolina. Columbia television news personalities Judi Gatson and Dawndy Mercer Plank have donated jewelry and local photographer Justin Sharp will have framed items up for bid.

Tickets are available for $25 for singles and $40 for couples. There will be hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks available.

Previously, the FRC has held “awareness walks” to raise community awareness of sexual abuse and child abuse. This year, the FRC decided to hold a silent auction to fill the gaps funding cuts have created, as “service numbers are up, but funding has gone down.”

“We are going to have fun while raising awareness,” Executive Director Rosalyn Moses said. “We want to stay around to support victims of abuse; it’s easier to do when you have more resources. It’s also a great opportunity for the community to get involved in the issues affecting this county.”

FRC employees will update the public on the types of services they provide, abuse statistics, give a general overview of how the FRC will proceed, accomplishments they’ve made and opportunities for community involvement.

Moses said the FRC plans to hold annual events for people to attend so the public knows where the FRC is headed. Community education is an important part of what the FRC does, providing resources to schools, churches and any entity that asks for their assistance.

The FRC helped 300 victims in 2011; this year, employees have met with 290 victims and 104 indirect victims -- non-offending caregivers or spouses. The FRC provides counseling, hospital and legal accompaniment, and forensic services for children and victims of abuse, as well as prevention programs. For everyone that discloses their experience with abuse there are many that don’t, as shame and guilt are often factors that can prevent those who have been abused from getting the help they need, Moses said.

“We want people to walk away wanting to be more involved in prevention,” Moses said. “Once a community understands the issues, people will be more comfortable speaking about their experiences,” she said.

People interested in volunteering at the FRC should submit an application and a background check along with completing 24-hours of training, required by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The FRC has assisted victims of abuse since 1985, providing “free and confidential survivor and family services to help people cope with the trauma of abuse.” The FRC has a 24-hour hotline available, 1-800-585-4455.

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