VSC Voice | November 2022

Hello VSC,

We have some gratitude to share. This fall, lifestyle blogger Navixha Bagga organized hundreds of women to raise funds to help women in Montgomery County. "My Saree, My Story Walking Beyond Barriers" was a 5K walk featuring a saree Zumba, a raffle, and sponsored prizes. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and 6ABC journalist Gina Gannon attended as guests.

"I am very passionate about women's welfare, health, and leadership and I wanted to help the local community," said Bagga, who learned about VSC's work for abuse survivors from a friend.

Community support helps us keep services free for survivors and loved ones. We are deeply thankful for Navixha's creativity and initiative.

The Saree Walk raised over $1,800 for VSC. The funds will be used to support our work for victims of crime and loved ones, including no-cost therapy, counseling, hospital accompaniments and more.

We invite you to support our campaign to make a difference in any way that works best for your giving choice. Your donation can be through an event that you dedicate to support VSC, a donation in memory of a loved one, a birthday gift, or a donation to celebrate a life well lived. If you are interested in organizing an event to support VSC, please contact Lynn Williams by calling 610-277-0932.

Thank you for being part of our community to support survivors.

Mary Onama, LMSW

Executive Director

Victim Services Center of Montgomery County

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Participants at My Saree My Story post for a photo in the Norristown Farm Park.

We visited with Navixha Bagga and some of the Saree Walkers recently to express our thanks and tell VSC's story.

Here for you, Montgomery County

We got on the road to stand up for survivors in Harrisburg along with rape crisis centers from all part of the Commonwealth. Together we educated the public and our elected representatives on the importance of preserving the full range of health care options for survivors, including abortion care. As a reminder, emergency contraception is a standard part of a sexual assault forensic exam. If you or a loved one have experienced sexual violence, our crisis counselors are always available to help you understand your options. Call us at 888.521.0983.

We thank the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council for having us at Fall Fest this year. If you are hosting an event and you would like to invite VSC, please send an email to Derrick Schmidt.

Cheltenham Elementary

We thank all of the school districts who welcome us into their space to teach kids about bodily safety, consent, and healthy relationships in age-appropriate ways. Here is educator Molly Lloyd visiting Cheltenham Elementary in Cheltenham, PA. If you would like to learn more our programs or schedule something for your school, club, place of worship or college, request a visit on our website.

For your Calendar

Monday, December 12

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect for Mandated Reporters

This state-approved training course fulfills requirements for mandated reporters in accordance with Act 31 of 2014, Department of Human Services, and Act 126 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, Department of Education.

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