Women's Center receives three-year grant to benefit victims of sexual assault

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Women's Center of Marquette and Alger County has received a three year grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services designed to benefit victims of sexual assault.

The grant for $700,000 over three years will allow the center to hire a full-time Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator.

This will lead to more formal relationships with local hospitals, law enforcement and with other groups across Marquette and Alger Counties.

According to Beth Casady, Executive Director at Women’s Center, it will also allow funding for a part-time Sexual Assault Therapist.

"To coordinate volunteers and to make sure that hospitals and law enforcement are all on the same page and working as a team is very hard for someone that has other responsibilities in terms of advocacy for sexual assault. So just having one person to be able to do that and then to get something started in Alger County will greatly enhance our services,” asserted Casady.

Click here to visit the Women’s Center website and to learn about the variety of services offered free-of-charge to all men, women and children in the community.

The Women’s Center even has a special program to help protect pets that are part of an abusive household.