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Bittersweet Anniversary Year For ‘Women Organized Against Rape’

Carole Johnson, Executive Director at Women Organized Against Rape. (Credit: WOAR)

Carole Johnson, Executive Director at Women Organized Against Rape. (Credit: WOAR)

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s the 40th Anniversary year of Women Organized Against Rape and officials with the group have mixed feelings. They are committed to helping victims of sexual assault, but they wish there was no need for their services.

“I hate the fact that we have to be here,” says Executive Director Carol Johnson, “but the good news is that we are here and can help so many people.”

Johnson says the organization helps an average of 3,000 people a year, that’s 120,000 people total — women, men and unfortunately, children, who she says are the fastest growing population of victims.

“Toddlers 2 to 6 years old,” Johnson says. “If you were to come here and see the small ones in our waiting area it would break your heart.”

In addition to counseling and support for victims, WOAR also provides workshops for young people on how to conduct themselves in a dating situation. Unfortunately, because of budget cuts, they can’t provide as many as they would like, but she wants everyone to remember that “No means no…it doesn’t mean maybe.”

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