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Beyond Abuse Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Beyond Abuse is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this month. Their mission is to lead our community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action. Services provided by Beyond Abuse include complete confidentiality, 24/7 crisis response, advocacy, counseling, assistance with filing victim’s compensation, and facilitation of awareness and education programs.  In addition, children ages 17 and under who are referred by law enforcement agencies or the Department of Social Services may receive forensic interviews and/or child maltreatment exams.

In 1977, they were chartered as the “Rape Crisis Council” and staffed by a group of concerned citizen volunteers to provide emergency response and advocacy to the victims of sexual violence. By 1992, they secured their 501(c)3 non-profit status and hired an Executive Director to coordinate the programs in Greenwood County. The next year, their services expanded to include Laurens County.

 The organization sought a name change in 1997, to Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center and by 1999 they had expanded even further to Abbeville County. 2003 brought a significant change as the organization added an accredited Children's Advocacy Program to their service reach.

It wasn't until 2013 that they changed their name to its current title, Beyond Abuse, to better represent the services that were being provided and the mission of the organization. This year, they opened a Client Services Center in Laurens County, to provide easier access to services for victims in surrounding area. They are also planning this year the grand opening of new Administrative Offices adjacent to the already existing Greenwood Client Services Center, renovation to the Greenwood Client Services Center to increase forensic interview and therapy capacity and, of course, their 25th anniversary celebration!

Join Beyond Abuse to help them celebrate this momentous occasion by attending their Paint and Pour!

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM.
Where: The Arts Center, 120 Main Street, Greenwood, SC

Tickets $25    ***wine and cheese provided***

Call (864) 227-1623 to reserve your seat

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