Victims find ally

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During an open house last Friday, Rosalinda Alvarez (R) of Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services visits with Luz Rodriguez of Nuestra Casa (not pictured) and Sunnyside High School student Miriam Barron. The SHS student was on site as part of her senior project.

In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services held an open house at its Sunnyside office last Friday.

“We want people to be aware of what sexual assault is,” said Leticia Garcia, the agency’s director. “We want to make sure the community knows there is help available.”

Friday’s open house included light refreshments and a chance to tour the facility at 600 North Ave., as well as visit with staff on-site.

As for offering help to the community, hundreds reached out to the agency in the past fiscal year for help.

During fiscal year 2013-14, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services was contacted by 361 clients and volunteers put in 2,100 hours of work.



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