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Governor announces funding for Rape Crisis, sexual assault assistance programs

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention has awarded a total of $369,080 in federal Sexual Assault Services Program grants.

The money will fund programs offering direct intervention and related assistance for those who have been sexually assaulted, according to a news release from the governor's office. The federal funding comes from the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice, and is authorized by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 Technical Amendments.

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Carroll County's Rape Crisis Intervention service will receive $22,000, according to the release.

"We are thankful our governor recognizes the importance of our work and prioritizes restorative services for victims of sexual assault," Rape Crisis CEO Janice Kispert said via email.

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The Sexual Assault Services Program is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault, according to the release. Funds provided through this program are designed to supplement other funding sources to rape crisis centers at the state and territorial level, and play a vital role in assisting those who have been sexually assaulted through the healing process, as well as assisting them through the medical, criminal justice, and social support systems.

"Our administration is committed to protecting all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and these additional resources will help to provide treatment and services that can make a real difference in their lives," Hogan said in the release.

Funding from the 2016 fiscal year was distributed by allowing each rape crisis center serving one jurisdiction to apply for up to $22,000, and those crisis centers serving multiple jurisdictions to apply for up to $32,000, according to the release.

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