As the residents of Fayette County have experienced shock and heartache as a result of acts of violence in recent days, the Crime Victims’ Center extends our support and sympathy to all that have been impacted by these tragic events. For anyone in need of supportive counseling and to learn of other available services, please contact our office at 724-437-3737 or send us a message. Compassionate and professional staff are available to assist you.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the exploitation of others. Human traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion against victims to manipulate them into engaging in commercial sex acts, or labor/services in exchange for something of monetary value (money, safety, transportation). When victims of human trafficking are minors, force, fraud, or coercion is not necessary. Generally, we think of victims of trafficking as foreign born, but often they are U.S. citizens. There is also not a requirement of transportation in human trafficking.
Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Currently, it is second only to drug trafficking and produces $32 billion of annual revenue worldwide (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC], 2012).
Mother nature provided a beautiful blue sky and a bright shining sun to paint the picture perfect day for the first “CAR, TRUCK and BIKE SHOW” benefitting the Crime Victim’s Center. Needless to say, the event was a huge success and raised funds to help assure the continuation of the CVC vital services to sexual assault and other violent crime victims and families in our community.
West Penn Power Company employees Melissa Moore, Cathy Hurley, Michelle Plum and Rich Walter chose the Crime Victims' Center this year as their service project for the September 8th United Way "Day of Caring." Thank you Melissa, Cathy, Michelle and Rich for "making change happen where it matters most!" We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
In observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, The Crime Victims’ Center is hosting a special QPR training on Wednesday, September 13th. Presented by Adelphoi Village representatives, the training’s objective is to educate the community and enhance awareness. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn more about the WARNING signs of suicide and how to respond.
National Suicide Prevention Week is a campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide in the United States, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, as well as encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance and support people who attempted suicide. During this week, individuals and organizations join together to draw attention to the problem of suicide and advocating the prevention of this terrible tragedy. Suicide is a national health problem that is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation.
If you know someone in need of help or for additional information please contact the local Fayette County 24 hour crisis line at 724-437-1003 or the National Hopeline Network (Suicide Crisis Line) at 1-800-784-2433.