October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence of Southwestern PA challenged followers to wear purple to raise awareness for domestic violence. Although, the CVC does not predominately focus on domestic violence the connection between sexual violence and domestic violence is undeniable. According to NCADV, “Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner,” (NCADV, 2019). To show our support CVC staff participated in the challenge and wore purple.
On November 26th at Uniontown's Texas Roadhouse there will be a Dine & Donate held between 4:00-8:00PM that will benefit the CVC. If you dine at Texas Roadhouse on November 26th present this flyer to your server and 10% of your bill will be donated to our agency.
CVC is offering you the chance of a lifetime! For a $5 donation, you can receive a ticket that gives you a chance at the 3-Digit PA Lottery pull. The first number will be drawn at 7pm on December 19, 2019. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or would like to help sell tickets, please give our office a call at (724) 438-1470. Good luck!!!
This year, CVC sponsored a very successful vendor and craft show in Brownsville. Sixteen local vendors gathered to support the agency and to share their crafts with the community. Thank you to all vendors who participated and those who attended the event!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for info on our next craft show in Spring 2020.
The Halloween spirit struck CVC! The agency participated in Fayette County Human Service Council’s Trunk or Treat. CVC’s trunk theme was Baby Shark. Children and their families who attended the event loved the trunk and danced to the song, “Baby Shark”, that was playing from our trunk. Attendees liked our trunk so much that it was voted 3rd place!
CVC also partnered with Crawford School of Terror for a fundraiser. Crawford School of Terror donated $1 off of every ticket sold on October 19th to Crime Victims' Center of Fayette County while volunteers sold candy and distributed agency information to members of the community. We appreciate everyone who came out to support our agency!
The Crime Victims’ Center is sponsoring a “Gift Card Ticket” with a prize of $500 in shopping and dining gift cards. Tickets are $5 and offer the purchaser of the ticket two chances to win as each ticket contains two numbers for the 3 Digit PA Lottery Drawing at 7:00 pm on November 22nd. The $5 “Gift Card Ticket” is available for purchase at the Crime Victims’ Center located in Oliver Square Plaza. For more information contact the Crime Victims’ Center at 724-438-1470.
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).
Two extremely talented and gifted seamstresses, Tammy Kaufman and Carol Yasechko, volunteered their time and expertise to make memory pillows for the CVC "Missing Piece of My Heart" support group. Each participant brought in a T-shirt, jersey or dress which was worn by their deceased child. The article of clothing was then transformed into a memory pillow with each pillow being personalized with an embroidered saying of the parent's liking.