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Women's crisis center shares mission with public
by Holly Coombs holly@ironcountytoday.com
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CEDAR CITY--In celebration of the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center’s 20th year, the staff put on an Open House last Friday, where the public were invited to tour the 95 N. Main St. building, above Bulloch Drug.

Bev Emery, a member of the Board of Directors, gave some tours and explained what efforts staffers and volunteers do to assist men and women in need. The Center continuously seeks various grants and each type takes work.

Government grants take 580 hours to apply and be considered for, but can bring more than $10,000 to help with center programs, Emery said. Foundation grants take five hours to apply for and can be $5,000 to $10,000 when received.

“There’s a lot more money for a lot of work and a lot less work for less money,” she said.

One of the rooms touches on the issues of how domestic violence is affecting men and women with a clothesline project. Victims of domestic violence within a support group wrote messages on t-shirts, which Emery said, showed what stages they are in through recovery.

Also on a wall in the same room gave a visual with paper cutouts of men and women labeled according to their needs of shelter and other needs.

Emery said studies show that one in three women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their life, while one in five men will be assaulted sometime in their life.

“Utah has a very high incidence rate of rape and a fairly low reporting rate,” she said.

Victims are afraid to report the rape or domestic violence issue for various reasons including fear, attachment to their attacker, or not having a stable life without them, Emery said.

One room in the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center showed a representation of all the needs that the center staff seek to help with. This included shelter, food, clothing and child care.

Among child care, Emery said that when in a shelter, children’s language skills diminish.

“We want to make sure they maintain their verbal skills by helping them with simple things with education,” she said.

Emery said the shelter staff is seeking a child therapist as well to help with children struggling in domestic violence. The center also provides more than 100 things that volunteers can do to help in any situations in the community.

Emery said the community is very generous in donations, volunteer efforts and more. She also said a future goal is for the center staff to reach out and help others in counties including Beaver and Garfield.

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