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Rape Crisis Council Of Pickens County Faces Funding Cuts

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An Upstate crisis center is facing its own crisis after some major funding cuts.

The Rape Crisis Council of Pickens county has lost more than a third of its state and federal funding and is now turning to the public for help.

Jane can't help but relive the moment her 3 year old daughter told her she was sexually abused.

"I cried for two hours straight hysterically, it's just a child you don't expect that," Jane said.

"Jane" is not her real name, we're hiding her identity to protect her daughter. 

"It kind of makes you feel bad as a parent that you could let something like that happen, it feels like its all your fault," "Jane" said. 

Through months of support and counseling the Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County helped Jane realize it wasn't her fault.

Jane says someone from the council was with her every step of the way, from her child's hospital exam all the way to the trial, where her abuser was found guilty.

"They were my voice because sometimes I honestly couldn't talk," Jane said.

those services could be in jeopardy..

the rape crisis council has lost nearly 40 percent of its grants and federal funding.

"If you start cutting services like ours..and there are more and more victims out there not going to get the help they need," Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County Executive Director Brandy Peppers said.

Victims turn to the Rape Crisis Council for everything for support, to counseling, to learning self defense but with more cuts on the horizon the future is uncertain.

The organization will be auctioning donated items, a fundraiser the Rape Crisis Council hopes will bring in enough money to prevent any cuts to services.

"Without the auction and the funds that come from it in April, I'm not what the next year would be like for us," Peppers said.

Jane hopes people are generous and willing to help the organization that gave her a fresh start, and helped her family begin to heal.

"They have done so much I can never repay them for what they did for my little girl," Jane said. 

The Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County will have its largest fundraiser of the year, which is a silent auction, on April 26th.

The Auction will be at Baptist Easley Hospital from 6PM to 8PM.

Tickets to the event are $10.

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