Lori Bunton - RVCC Primary Prevention Program
RVCC Primary Prevention
RVCC began providing the programs in classrooms in 1987. Major support for RVCC’s W.H.O.©
Program is provided by Dodge Jones Foundation.
Tatum Woodson - Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Tatum Woodson M.Ed., LPC
Mrs. Woodson has been with RVCC for more than three years providing professional counseling and victim advocacy services to child and adult victims of violent crimes, particularly victims of sexual violence. She received her Master’s Degree from Hardin-Simmons University. The TF-CBT certification was presented to Mrs. Woodson by West Penn Allegheny Health System and the CARES Institute.
RVCC assists victims and survivors of violent crime and works to prevent violence in our community. The agency operates a 24-hour victim crisis hotline: 325-677-7895.
Walk and Talk … About Sexual Violence in Our Community!
On the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2014, about two dozen men bravely donned heels of various heights to show they are tough enough to accomplish a feat that many women master early in life. Rep. Susan King, famous for her red high heels, coached the manly walkers before they started off on the early evening walk down Cypress Street. She advised keeping perfect posture, being aware of the pressure points of the feet on the soles of the shoes, and most importantly, King said, “If they’re painful, take them off.”
Regional Victim Crisis Center teamed up with Art Walk to present “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®” in downtown Abilene. The annual event draws attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every resident of Abilene. The local event is part of an international men’s event to stop sexual violence against both children and adults.
Diane Dotson Receives Lifetime Acheivement Award
Diane Dotson and
TAASA Executive Director
“What an absolute honor,” said Diane Dotson. “It is humbling to be recognized by your peers and those whom you admire.”
TAASA was founded on a simple principle: to assist sexual assault survivors and to create a Texas free from sexual violence. TAASA advocates for individual sexual assault survivors as well as sexual assault programs collectively Nominees for TAASA’s Vivian Miles Lifetime Achievement Award must have a minimum of 10-years in the anti-sexual- assault movement and have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to ending sexual violence and providing support to survivors.
“We are pleased with the recognition of Diane,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard, President of the RVCC Board of Directors. “She is truly dedicated to the work of victim advocacy, counseling and violence prevention education. It’s nice to see her honored for her hard work.”
Ms. Dotson joined RVCC in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator and was named Executive Director in 2004. Within the last ten years, she has seen an increase of 344% increase in the number of victims served in the local area. “In 2002, we were serving 279 victims a year, in 2012 we served 1,238,” said Ms. Dotson. “Our local partnerships, collaboration and education programs have contributed to the number of people who know we can help them.”
Last year, the same statewide conference recognized local RVCC board member Shirley Glandon as ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ for her continuing dedication and service to victims of violent crime, in addition to her financial support for RVCC.
“TAASA’s recognition reinforces we are making a difference,” said Ms. Dotson.
More information can be found at www.regionalcrime.org or at www.taasa.org
With a mission of Assisting Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime and Working to Prevent Violence, the Regional Victim Crisis Center (RVCC) began as the Abilene Rape Crisis Center in 1977 as part of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center. In 1997, the agency became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit agency serving victims of all types of violent crime, with the most frequent cases being child sexual assault and physical abuse, adult sexual assault, and adults molested as children. RVCC serves communities within Taylor, Callahan, Jones, Coleman, Shackelford, and Haskell Counties in Texas.
Victim Advocate Volunteer Reception
to several child survivors who received help at RVCC!
Shirley Glandon - Volunteer of the Year!
See the presentation and Shirley's acceptance on YouTube.