, Corbin, KY

March 31, 2014

Engineer Street Bridge site for abuse awareness 5K

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

If you think sexual assault or abuse is someone else’s problem, you may want to think again.

In the last year, the Cumberland River Victims’ Services program has met 46 victims of sexual assault or abuse at the hospital.

The youngest victim was 2 years old. The oldest was 81.

And, a total of 50 crisis calls have been made to their 24-hour crisis line at 800-656-HOPE.

In both cases, that comes out to almost one victim a week.

The 3rd Annual Tri-County Conquer 5K is today. The event begins at the Engineer Street Bridge in Corbin, with registration starting at 8 a.m. The 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m.

Organizer Cecelia White said, “Everyone must be educated about the resources available. We cover an eight-county region, and Saturday’s Conquer 5K is an awareness event. We make people aware of our counseling services and the programs we present to the community and the schools. Our school programs are about bullying, cybernet safety, ‘good touch, bad touch,’ and cybernet bullying, depending on what the schools want. Most are for bullying and cyberbullying, because that’s a huge problem in the schools.”

White is the administrative director for Cumberland River Victims’ Services.

She stated programs for bullying and cyberbullying have been what most schools have requested.

“It’s because bullying and cyberbullying are a huge problem in the schools. Cyberbullying means you have access 24/7 through texting, social media sites and the Internet. So a school problem can be a problem at home, and vice versa,” said White.

During the past year, the CRVS program has had 505 counseling sessions. In addition, a total of 687 educational programs for 14,990 participants have been presented. Most of those programs are for school-age children.

Grant money pays for those programs and services, but doesn’t pay for educational supplies to use in the school programs. Nor does it pay for what’s called “Care Packages” for victims of assault and abuse when they go to the hospital.

White said that’s why any donations that can be made at the Conquer 5K are much welcome.

Last year, Tri-County Conquer 5K raised approximately $1,200, and had around 100 people participating in the run/walk.

“In the ‘Care Package,’ there’s a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion and little toys for kids. When one’s in the ER it’s a long process, and it’s especially long for children. That’s because we have to go through the medical exam, questioning by police, and usually the DCBS (Department for Community Based Services). It usually takes three to four hours, and if we have something for the children it gives them something to do. It sometimes relaxes them, so they could talk if something happened to them. It could be a scary situation for the kids, even though they didn’t do anything. The grant pays for us going to the hospital, but not for the extras we do,” she pointed out.

Last year, Tri-County Conquer 5K raised approximately $1,200, and had around 100 people participating in the run/walk.