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What to Say/Not to Say to the Grieving | Mission Hospice Society
By Beth Knake, Project Help, Inc., Executive Director
Jacksonville.com: Family of slain Fort Myers woman allowed rights to her body 8/29/02
It states that a spouse arrested on charges in a domestic violence-related death has no right to the victim's body, said Beth Knake, director of the Project HELP Crisis Center in Naples.
Girl's parents call accused coach a 'predator'
Often parents expect the changes in their children during the teen years, said Beth Knake, the executive director of Project Help, a counseling service.What in reality is a serious problem may seem like typical behavior for teens. "Sometimes it's hard to make that assessment about what's going on.Look at their grades.Look at their relationships, who they're hanging around with.Keep aware of your child," she said. "In general, if someone uses the power and control of being the teacher, the coach, that is the misuse of their power and influence over the victim," Knake said. Teens who are being used this way need to tell someone, a parent, an adult, a counselor. "Don't keep it silent," she said. The girl's parents and siblings are angry, disappointed and take some of the blame themselves.They've told deputies that they'll do whatever they can in the criminal case. "We all feel responsible.We had no idea.She's lost her childhood," her mother said.
Naples Daily News: News
"To do that to any rape victim is horrendous, but to do that with a 92-year-old woman is totally abhorrent," said Beth Knake, executive director of Project Help, which has helped the woman since she was raped two years ago.Knake, the co-founder of Project Help, and Celeste Infante, a counselor who has worked closely with Twardokus' victim, said the woman felt humiliated and angry.People who commit rape do so because they look for vulnerability and a way of control the victim, Knake said.The assault makes the victim feel powerless. "It's an act of power and control, the rape is, and when the media prints the picture and name of the victim, it's again power and control that are taken away from the victim," Knake said. The victim didn't want to comment on what happened and asked Project Help to speak on her behalf. Knake said she has talked to the woman about her options and they are considering a phone call or letter to FOX explaining how the station's actions affected her.
About Us | Project Help Naples Inc.
In 1986, Beth Knake ran the Crisis hotline at the David Lawrence Center.
The hotline was available from 9am to 5pm on Monday through Friday. Beth knew the hotline needed to be 24/7. Beth proceeded to take the hotline on as its own community non-profit and thus beginning Project HELP's great journey. Beth - Being a pioneer in the 80's & 90's, worked diligently with the Violence Against Women's Act and Movement as well as with the Victims of Crime Act. She worked continuously and tirelessly with the State and many Statewide Committees of Action and was a founder in the creation of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence is now the State Certifying Agency for all Rape Crisis Centers in the State of Florida. Project HELP was one of the first Rape Crisis Centers certified in the state in August 1995. The hotline grew to include the Rape Crisis Center as well as a crisis center offering crisis intervention/counseling and court advocacy to all victims of crime through the Victims of Crime Act. In late 2006 Beth retired from the agency.