HAZARD — The Kentucky River Community Care (KRCC) Rape Crisis Center, newly named The Rising Center, opened the doors for its new facility on Morton Boulevard in Hazard this month, which is also Sexual Assault Awareness month in the state.
Jill Martin, project facilitator, said it has been a long road for the center, which started in 1992 as just a small office in the Hazard ARH. Now, the center has its own building, making it easier for those seeking services to find help.
At the ribbon cutting for the new center on Monday, victim advocate Millie Dee Stevens spoke about some local statistics for the center.
“One in six women and one in eight men will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. That’s why we always say that sexual assault is not just a woman’s issue,” Stevens said.
Martin said she and the staff at the center are very grateful for the opening of the new building, and look forward to the hope it will bring to those who are seeking its services.