The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence seeks to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession. While the commission works to achieve these goals nationally, the issue of domestic and sexual violence is often addressed locally. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC) works to eliminate sexual violence in the local community.
The center operates a 24-hour help line, offers referrals for therapy, and hosts support groups. Additionally, one of its major initiatives involves annual presentations in Orange County public schools that are appropriately tailored depending on the age of the audience. “By raising awareness and challenging stereotypes and power and control mechanisms within social structures, we can work toward the goal of eliminating sexual violence,” said Mary Irvine, board member at the OCRCC.