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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Rape and other forms of sexually violent crimes continue to be an ever-present problem that affects hundreds in our community every year. More often than not the victims of these crimes do not report or speak about the incident due to fear, shock, disbelief, denial, anxiety, guilt and self blame. The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire is well established as a comprehensive agency serving Savannah and the surrounding area. Each year, the Rape Crisis Center reaches approximately 700 victims including adults, children and the family members of victims. Their crisis intervention programs include SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), which makes the reporting process much more responsive to the victim. An additional 15,000 people are reached each year with the various prevention programs for all ages, such as Good Touch/Bad Touch, Bullying Prevention, Rape Awareness, and self-defense classes. Through it all the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire is there to help. On July 14, the Savannah Derby Devils will host a double-header at the Savannah Civic Center. Throughout the two bouts raffle tickets will be sold and prizes will be awarded. All of the proceeds from the raffle sales will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. Help these confident and empowering athletes as they look to give back to the community they skate for. In turn you’ll be helping others overcome a brutal and heinous crime and move forward with their lives. The event starts with the Savannah Derby Devils’ B-Team, the Hostess City Hellions, taking on the Appalachian Rollergirls at 5 p.m. The SDD All-Star's defend their 4-0 season against Jacksonville's Duval Derby Dames at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the Savannah Civic Center website at http://savannahcivic.com and box office. The cost ranges from $2 to $16 per ticket. Discount tickets are available for children, seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more. The event offers fun and excitement for the whole family, with games and activities for kids as well. Event Summary What: Savannah Derby Devils double-header bout When: 5 p.m. SDD Hellions vs. Boone; 7 p.m. SDD All-Stars vs. JAX, July 14 Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe St. Ticket Info: Tickets are available through the Savannah Civic Center website at http:// savannahcivic.com and box office. More importantly is why: The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire needs the support of the community and all the proceeds from the raffle tickets sales will go directly to them.