OCRCC Names New Executive Director

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Alyson 2We are thrilled to announce Alyson Culin as our new Executive Director! Alyson has served the Center since 2008, first as a volunteer Community Educator and most recently as the Interim Executive Director.

Tar Heel born and bred, Alyson earned her BA in History and Political Science and MA in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill. While a student, she got her start in the nonprofit sector through her work with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Alyson’s commitment to ending sexual violence and its impact also extends back to her time at UNC, where she worked extensively with Project Dinah, an organization dedicated to ending sexual and interpersonal violence on campus and in the community.

Alyson’s impact upon the growth of the Center has been impressive. As our Development & Communications Director for 7 years, she managed the Holiday Auction as it grew to a $100,000 annual event; created Cupcakes & Cocktails, now a staple event of the Center; and launched the Center’s first Capital Campaign. Her expertise and dedication will allow the Center to expand its services and reach new heights in providing help, hope, and healing to residents of Orange County and beyond.

If you have any questions or would just like to say hello, Alyson can be contacted at alyson@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

SafeTouch Success Story

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alexis and puppetsThe Center has presented SafeTouch to kids in our community for over 30 years. These violence prevention education programs use evidence-based best practices in age-appropriate lessons to promote safety and reduce child sexual abuse. The curriculum is continually reviewed and updated with teacher and parent input.

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is unfortunately much more common than many people realize. Darkness to Light (D2L), a national organization to end child abuse, estimates that about 1 in 10 children experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Even more children experience non-contact sexual abuse. Only about a third of kids tell someone when they experience abuse. CSA occurs across all demographic groups and can have long-lasting negative impacts such as physical and mental health problems, emotional and behavioral issues, and poor academic performance.

Though the problem of CSA looms large, the Center has a successful prevention program on multiple counts. First, by sheer numbers, we are very successful in getting these crucial public safety messages out to the county. We present SafeTouch programs in every classroom of every elementary school in both local school districts. Overall, we reached 14,805 youth and adults in 865 education programs during the 2013-2014 school year. Read more

Paint the Town Teal for SAAM!

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April is SAAMWelcome to SAAM 2014! We’re excited for another month of awesome awareness-raising events and projects. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate ourselves on how to prevent it. By working together, we can make a difference in our mission to stop sexual violence and its impact. Join us in our advocacy efforts, and don’t forget to wear your teal!

Aside from the many awesome events we have planned — cupcakes, anyone? — there are also a few projects you can join in on from the comfort of your couch or while on the go. So whether you’re in your jammies with a laptop or out-and-about with your smartphone, check out how you can get involved…

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