Category Archives: 2015 Events

Human Trafficking

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January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month

The Human Trafficking Coalition of Palm Beach (HTCPB) held a meeting to review how our County can begin to raise awareness in 2016.

  • They will be holding a “Train the Trainer” class which will be scheduled in February 2016
  • Scheduling a class for a Safe School Training
  • A Case Study Special Event occurred on January 29th
  • HTCPB will sponsor a human trafficking awareness poster contest for high school and middle school children — Hope for Freedom — the goal is to encourage youth to promote Human Trafficking awareness
  • HTCPB is working with Palm Beach County Victim Services to attend an event at Keiser University on February 4th and another at Palm Beach State College on February 17th


For more information about Human Trafficking, please see The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s website:




2015 Strategic Planning Meeting

Strategic Planning

On December 8th, 2015, the SART strategic planning workshop was hosted by Boca Raton Police Department.
55 SART members from law enforcement, SANEs, fo-rensic units, victim advocates, State Attorneys, cam-pus, military, and survivors attended the workshop to identify system gaps and training needs to ensure victim centered coordinated community response.

2015 Regional SART Meeting

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On September 17, 2015, Palm Beach County SART teamed up with the Southeast region of SARTs for an informational training to 120 members from all the SARTs. 60 members of PBC SART attended from advocacy  organizations, law enforcement, forensic exam providers, State Attorney’s Office, legal aid partners, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and local schools and universities attended the 8 hr. training at the FDLE in Miami.

The training objective was for Participants to learn about the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to providing support for sexual assault survivors. PBC SART members presented on Protocol/Implementation, Campus response, underserved populations, and moderated the Survivor panel.

Holiday Quilts for Victims


Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit dropped off some quilts to our S.A.R.T. Center for us to give to crime victims – these quilts were hand made by a very kind woman – Ann Rodgers – she made 130 quilts that she brought to PBSO to be given out and they were kind enough to send some of these beautiful quilts our way – Thank You – Ann & PBSO Domestic Violence Unit!

Survivor Action Team PSA

Sexual Assault “Survivor Action Team” takes on Hollywood

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The Survivor Action Team, part of the Palm Beach County Sexual Assault Response Team, joined together on December 2, 2015 to film their first public service announcement. The team is comprised of empowered adult sexual assault survivors who want to move forward with reaching out to the community and bring awareness to these issues.

Working with Channel 20/Palm Beach County Public Affairs, six team members openly represented cultural diversity along with a bold & magnificent outreach message. With the team identifying themselves as survivors, speaking words of understanding and invite, the goal was to reach out to other survivors and the general audience in the community. It is intended that viewers will know where to turn for help within Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center, whether it’s therapy, victim advocacy, court accompaniment or rape exam. Hopefully, some may join the Survivor Action Team! See it aired in January, 2016.


The PSA was completed and can be found here!

National Day of Remembrance

In 2007 the U.S. Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  Remembrance events have long been a part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Movement. It is on these occasions that we pause and honor those who have suffered an untimely loss.  In keeping with this tradition, the Palm Beach County Victims’ Rights Coalition will honor the memory of victims of homicide on Friday September 25, 2015.

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WPBF Coverage of the Opening Ceremony

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each October, the Domestic Violence Council kicks off the month with the Opening Ceremony.

This year, WPBF news highlighted the ceremony:

Domestic Violence Awareness Seminar in Palm Beach County

DV Opening Ceremony

Media Day 2015

Media Day

In recognition of September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month and October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center hosted a media day on Wednesday, September 23.  The result helped to build direct communications between media and victims of crime.

Held at the Victim Services Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Center, local reporters, photographers, commissioners and representatives from the Palm Beach County Legislation met with empowered survivors who are effecting social change.

The 2 sessions featured hour panel discussion with Survivor Action Team members regarding their victimization including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and homicide. The Media Day raised awareness, brought media attention and national momentum for ending and preventing violence.

For information on how to book Victim Service and Survivor Action Team speakers for your agency, please contact Sharon Daugherty at 561-625-2568

September SART meeting

At the September monthly SART meeting, Nearly 40 Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members from law enforcement, victim services, fire / rescue, sexual assault survivors, non-profit agencies, sexual assault nurse examiners, and community leaders gathered for a coordination meeting. Agenda items included presentations from the FBI on Human Trafficking and West Palm Beach Police Department on their response to sexual assaults. Other items included legislative updates and committee reports from the campus, training, and community action network.


Poem from a Survivor


What can I say about this place

Number ONE you will never find a SAFER SPACE

A place where you can discuss whatever is on your mind

And the feedback you will get will always be KIND

A place you will be assisted with the strength to fight

And be reminded that being safe and happy is your RIGHT

A safe place to figure out who you truly are and want to be

The person you can look in the mirror and smile and say that’s ME

Most of us have spend years carrying the guilt and shame

This is the place to learn and accept that we were not to BLAME

We were conditioned to believe that we to carry all the blame

But to these abusers it was all just a GAME

People say things are the darkest just before dawn

And that would be the moment you chose to no longer be someone else’s PAWN

This is the place you can begin feeling

Which is the key to true HEALING

Here there is no cause to be afraid

Because between these walls you will never be BETRAYED

You will need somewhere to be able to share your pain

Because without support you could feel like you are going INSANE

They have given so very very much

Such profound impact on all the lives they TOUCH

I have received the support to be proud of who I am

And gave me the strength to walk away from those who really don’t give a DAMN

They have given me hope when I had none

And waited patiently when I attempted to RUN

When life got to be more than I could bear

I knew all I had to do was pick up the phone and someone would be THERE

Gave me the strength to push forward and move on

Even on those days when I felt all hope was GONE

So no matter how hard it all gets

Always remember this one place YOU WILL ALWAYS FIT