Hillsboro First United Methodist Church

Haven of Hope

Church Phone: 931-596-3311

Pastor Phone:† 931-596-2312

E-mail: hillsboroumc@blomand.net

Hillsboro First United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 65

305 Winchester Hwy.

Hillsboro, TN 37342

You are Welcome Here!

Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape, but all of us are impacted by sexual violence.† Sexual violence includes, rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, non-stranger rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism.† It is a crime typically motivated by the desire to control, humiliate, and/or harm - not by sexual desire.† It affects communities and society in addition to survivors and their loved ones.† This leads to a call for all of us to help to prevent it.

 

Sexual violence impacts survivors and loved ones through guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock, anger, and feelings of isolation.† Effects are linked to both short-term and long-term health disorders, and economic impacts include medical expenses and time off work.† The impacts on communities and society include costs such as medical services, criminal justice expenses, crisis and mental health services, and the lost contributions and achievements of individuals affected by sexual violence.† It has been estimated that sexual harassment alone cost the federal government $327 million in losses associated with job turnover, sick leave, and individual and group productivity among federal employees (US Merit Systems Protection Board, Erdeich, Slavet, & Amador, 1995).

 

We as individuals, a community, and businesses can help to prevent sexual violence.† We can:

1. Create safe environments

2. Stop problematic and disrespectful behavior

3. Promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships

4. Believe survivors and assist them in finding resources

5. Hold those who harm others accountable and ensure proper treatment options are available

6. Promote policies and education regarding sexual violence prevention

7. Market and advertise businesses in a positive and socially responsible way

8. We can also support organizations like Haven of Hope, Victim Services.

 

The Haven of Hope serves Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore Counties providing proactive, curative, and preventive measures against domestic and other violent crimes.† They also provide resources to strengthen and empower victims to resolve their own issues and problems.† Services include a 24/7 crisis line, support & licensed individual counseling, crisis counseling/intervention; individual assessment and safety/service planning; assistance in obtaining Orders of Protection; Court/Hospital advocacy and accompaniment; community and group training and education; and Emergency Shelter.

Wish List:† Pain Relievers, Cold/Cough Medicine, Paper bowls, paper plates, plastic cutlery, microwaveable meals, mayo/mustard/ketchup.† Volunteer, donate goods or funds, or sign up for Krogerís community rewards program at https://www.kroger.com/community rewards and choose Haven of Hope #58837 in order to support this worthy organization.