California Emergency Management Agency Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen joined other officials on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, in commemorating the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County for 35 years of assisting victims of sexual assault.
The Women’s Center of San Joaquin County stands out as one of 84 Rape Crisis Centers throughout California that work to assist sexual assault victims in dealing with the resulting emotional trauma, provide assistance as these victims progress through the criminal justice system, and raise community awareness on sexual assault issues.
Stockton Mayor Ann Johnson, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Carlos Villapudua, San Joaquin County District Attorney James Willett were some of the attendees at the ceremony.
“I applaud the remarkable achievements of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County over the past 35 years,” said Bettenhausen, “the 24 hour a day help that is provided is invaluable to victims, and Cal EMA is proud to play a role in helping the Women’s Center help people in very difficult circumstances.”
Since 1976, the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County has been working as the sole certified provider of services for victims of sexual assault in the County. The Center currently operates three offices in San Joaquin, which, last year alone, answered 1,242 crisis calls; advocated for, accompanied, and/or counseled 1,883 sexual assault survivors and their family members; and conducted education presentations to 4,688 children and adults.