In a standing room only meeting at the McCourt building, volunteers, educators and elected officials attended a human trafficking symposium to learn about what is happening in Prince William County to help prevent and address Human Trafficking. Mary Ellen Smith is the Human Trafficking Prevention Specialist for PWCS. Previously a social worker, Smith coordinates the Human Trafficking Program for the schools. This program is in the middle and high schools, case management for identified victims and public awareness and education for students and community agencies. Click HERE to read the rest of the article. By Rebecca Barnes Wednesday 1/29/2020
That’s how women described listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett M. Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Dr. Blasey’s story triggered strong emotional reactions of fear, shame, shock, anger and worry – common feelings when survivors are made to remember something bad that happened to them in the past. Triggers can be physical too; chemicals and hormones released in the body during a traumatic experience can also be released when the experience is remembered. It should come as no surprise that The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reported a 201 percent spike in calls the day Dr. Blasey testified as well as “unprecedented wait times” for its online chat. Their Crisis Text Line, which provides crisis intervention, saw the numbers of people reaching out with stories of sexual abuse...
ACTS is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19 as it affects our community. As an important source of services for those in crisis, we have every intention of continuing our mission especially in times of uncertainty. We are doing our best to minimize risk to our staff and clients and have made some decisions that affect how we provide services in order to ensure your safety.
Important Changes to Our Hours
Food Assistance: COVID - 19 operating hours of Monday - Friday, 9 - 11:30am / 12:30 to 3pm