Grant to help victims of sexual assault

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, at 9:12 p.m.

Rape Response Services, a subsidiary of the Penquis social services agency, has received $5,872 in grant funding to help victims of sexual assault who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Rape Response Services will work with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, the nonprofit Womancare organization and the University of Maine Safe Campus Project to improve the collection of local data regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and the special needs of victims who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The grant was awarded by the Cummings Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Established in 1988, Rape Response Service provides help to victims of sexual assault in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Its mission is to support victims and their significant others and to educate community members about this violent crime.

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