LUBBOCK, Texas– As more victims of sexual assault continue to come forward, helping them is as important as ever and Voice of Hope is here to do that.
According to data from 2018, Voice of Hope worked with 396 new victims of sexual assault. A number that Director, Kristin Murray said is not getting any smaller.
“People wanna believe that this happens on foreign soil but It’s happening in our own backyard,” Murray said.
Murray said in an effort to raise awareness about the issue on the South Plains and get people talking, Voice of Hope is hosting their annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
“It helps us be able to provide those extra services for our victims in the hospital,” Murray said.
“If we need to take a trafficking victim to Austin or South Carolina like we have done before.”
Open Door Director of Survivor Housing, Jaime Wheeler, said one of the most vulnerable populations to sexual assault are the homeless.
“They are out there just trying again, trying to learn to trust again, trying to learn to face the demons they have seen,” Wheeler said. “And be able to recover and really get out there and live and be a part of so many awesome things.”
Wheeler said for the first time ever, in March, Open Door was able to build 20 houses for their survivors to move into and start to pickup the pieces again.
“Without housing we can actually house survivors and their children,” Wheeler said. “So we have several people that have children in our program and we can house men and women survivors.”