florida gulf coast university

florida gulf coast university

ACT with FGCU to End Abuse

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Take action with the students at Florida Gulf Coast University to end abuse. THE REALITY Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is beaten. Those who find themselves in a volatile relationship may experience physical, verbally threatening, and/or emotionally damaging abuse. And then there are those people who are victims of sexual assault. One out of four girls and one out of seven boys are sexually assaulted. These statistics, as a nation, are alarming. To be a victim of one of these violent acts can be extremely traumatizing and overwhelming. Yet, the reality is that this is an everyday occurrence and these people do not know where to look for support. OUR STORY We are a group of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Criminal Justice students looking to make a difference in our community. We constantly hear of these types of cases in our textbooks and in the media. We wondered what happens to the victims afterwards. The answer is usually unbeknownst. That is why we searched for an organization in our community that helps this cause. We have created this fundraiser in hopes to raise money for the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Inc. (ACT) in Southwest Florida. This non-profit center has been open for almost thirty years. It has come to our knowledge that the facility is at full capacity (of 90 beds) all year round. ACT, in the past year, has serviced over 5,000 individuals, answered an estimate of 10,000 distress calls, and housed 50 victims of human trafficking. Clearly, ACT plays an important part in the community since the organization provides a rape crisis center, a 24/7 crisis hotline, and a children's program. This organization also assists in encouraging individuals of all ages and gender to seek support, knowledge, and protection. THE GOAL Our goal is a simple $20,000, which can be achieved by reaching out to large networks of people. We want to break the cycle of violence and provide a safe place for those in need. The money that is donated will help raise funds for treatment plans, therapeutic support, everyday essentials, and possible growth of the organization. ACT is presently looking into building a shelter for the victims' pets, increasing shelter space for the victims of trafficking and domestic violence, and expanding the knowledge of human trafficking among kids in schools. In addition to this fundraiser, we are collecting items (specifically towards hygiene) from other contributors. Being able to make a difference for Abuse Counseling and Treatment will allow victims, who are afraid to find help, to know that they will always have support. On behalf of any generous donations, we will in return thank you by sending you a heartfelt thank you email, T-shirt, wristband, a personal thank you video acknowledging your efforts on our social media page, "Cornerstone" (permanent) acknowledgement as an Elite Sponsor, a personal thank you artwork from a child your donation is helping, other unique rewards for your donation, or a nice jumble of all the above. Help us End the Abuse and ACT to end the circle of violence. Any donation can make a difference. It may one day offer you or someone you know protection from a future act of violence.