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Advocates needs community support to help stop abuse

To the Editor:

This has been an eventful year for ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team and we would like to thank the Grand County Community for supporting us.

So far this year, ADVOCATES has participated in over 500 crisis intervention calls from clients, their families and to other agencies helping to provide service. Statistics have shown that one third of the female population will experience some form of relationship violence in her lifetime. Twenty to 25 percent of the female population and as much as 6 percent of the male population will experience a sex assault in their lifetime.

ADVOCATES is committed to educating the Grand County community about relationship violence prevention. We have provided many prevention-awareness programs throughout the year including extensive prevention programs in the schools. Only through awareness can we truly have an impact on these crimes against individuals in the Grand County community.

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We need your help to continue our important work. We believe that we can and are making a difference in addressing domestic and sexual violence, but like many non-profits, we have felt the impact of the current recession. Please be a part of our efforts by making a donation to ADVOCATES. No amount is too small.

Thank you again for joining us in this important work of which we can all be proud. We encourage you to call us if you have questions about the Agency, or if you would like to be a volunteer. Volunteering is another great way of giving.

We are committed to Making a Difference.

Deb Bittner, Executive Director

Marissa Lorenz, Program Director

Sheila Kesler, Program Assistant

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