J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Make Substantial Gift to Women Center of Jacksonville’s New Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (Oct. 5 2017) — J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver are making a donation to help renovate the Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s (WCJ) new Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (S.A.F.E.) Center. WCJ staff and board members will announce the gift at a pre-construction tour of the facility on Tuesday, Oct. 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. at 5300 Emerson Street in Jacksonville.
The Weavers hope their generous gift to the WCJ S.A.F.E. Center will inspire others to donate and to recognize that sexual assault is an issue that impacts our community and needs community support.
“We were fortunate to find a space that is centrally located for survivors of sexual assault in the Jacksonville area,” said Teresa Miles, WCJ executive director. “However, the building is in need of a complete overhaul to make it a place where we can give survivors the confidentiality, compassion and care they deserve.”
WCJ assumed responsibility for conducting sexual assault forensic exams for survivors in Duval, Nassau and Baker counties in October of 2014. Specially trained and certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners perform the exams, while certified advocates provide the additional support needed to help survivors begin healing. During the past 12 months, the WCJ has fielded 2,682 hotline calls, conducted 339 forensic exams and served 705 sexual assault survivors.
“One in six women in Florida are raped according the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, and we see that number reflected in calls to our 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline,” said Miles. “Unfortunately, our current S.A.F.E. Center does not have enough space to accommodate all the sexual assault survivors who need our help and does not allow for multiple survivors to receive services simultaneously. Additionally, we plan to strengthen our ability to accommodate the changing needs of survivors and the ability to preserve evidence.”
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WCJ expects the purchase, renovations and endowment of the building to cost $3 million and has started the “You’re SAFE Here” community initiative to raise these funds. The Weavers have not announced the amount of their donation. WCJ has established naming rights for the building and will share the purpose of each room in the building at the pre-construction tour. To learn more about the S.A.F.E. Center, visit www.youresafehere.org.
About The Women’s Center of Jacksonville
The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is a nonprofit, Jacksonville-based organization offering advocacy, support and education to women in Northeast Florida. The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is the only certified rape crisis center for Duval, Baker and Nassau Counties, and rape recovery services are available to individuals of all genders and their families. The Women’s Center of Jacksonville offers no cost or affordable mental health counseling; adult and family literacy; breast cancer support and education; and information and referral assistance. To learn more about The Women’s Center of Jacksonville, visit womenscenterofjax.org.
Editor’s Note: High-resolution version of SAFE Center photo available at https://yourpointtaken.com/