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Special Projects Coordinator

Women's Resource Center of State College

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Dawn McKee, special projects ..., 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dawn McKee, special projects coordinator for the Women's Resource Center of State College, asked the board to approve the 2015 STOP Violence Against Women Grant Continuation Application between the county and the Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to improve the criminal justice system's response to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The grant total amounts to $125,000, with Centre County and State College Borough each matching $10,000, bringing the total amount to $145,000. The grant period is Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015.
In previous years, the funds have been divided up between the District Attorney's office, victim services and law enforcement, McKee said.
And, while that will remain true next year, she said, the plan is to allot the funds differently than before.
Typically, the matching funds from the county and borough are split between the District Attorney's office and the law enforcement component, with the remaining funds going to victim services, McKee said.
Next year, the District Attorney's office could get up to $45,000, with law enforcement initiatives receiving $40,000 and victim services receiving the remaining $60,000, McKee said.
The funding provides for medical services training, specifically sexual violence related cases and evidence collection, an assistant district attorney position for domestic and sexual violence cases, the salary of a detective with the police, who has been trained to specifically deal with domestic/sexual violence cases, and partial salaries of victim services staff, McKee explained.
The Women's Resource Center has cut in half the amount of hours the outreach consultant will receive, and has reduced the hours for the special projects coordinator (McKee's position), in order to accommodate the shift in financial allotments, McKee said.
The 2015 grant will be represent the final year of this cycle of PCCD grants, McKee said, as the original grant was applied for in 2011 and it runs on a three-year cycle.
Dawn McKee, special projects ..., 23 June 2013 [cached]
Dawn McKee, special projects coordinator, Centre County Women's Resource Center
Officials remind students to make safety a priority [cached]
It is also a good idea to watch out for your friends, said Dawn McKee, education and outreach coordinator for the Centre County Women's Resource Center, 140 W. Nittany Ave.
"If you go out with a group of friends, don't leave your friend behind if they're really drunk," McKee said.
To reduce the risk of sexual assault, McKee emphasizes trusting your gut instincts.
Use caution when inviting someone into your home or going into someone else's home, McKee said.
Three-fifths of sexual assaults occur in the home of the victim or the home of the assailant, she added.
Also, avoid walking next to shrubbery or dark doorways where someone could hide, she said.
Another primary concern for the State College police is pedestrian safety, Wilson said.There are about 30 accidents involving pedestrians each year in this area, he said.
Wilson said he urges people to be careful when crossing the street.
"It's something people don't even think about," he said.
Sex assault reports increase at Penn State, 1 Dec 2003 [cached]
Dawn McKee, director of education for the Centre County Women's Resource Center, said she believes the rise reflects that "victims are more comfortable, they know that help is out there," she said."The more training for responders, the less the victims will feel that they are being blamed.Blame silences victims."
The publicity after a number of stranger attacks that occurred this fall may also have raised awareness of sexual assaults in general, McKee said.That might have led to an increase in the number of reported attacks committed by acquaintances, she said.
Recent News, 4 Jan 2010 [cached]
Dawn McKee, special projects coordinator for the Women's Resource Center, says the county was one of only about two dozen counties statewide to receive the funding from the competitive STOP Violence Against Women grant. The money will be doled out over the next three years.
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