A community meeting was held to address the need for services to victims of sexual assault in Grays Harbor County. The community meeting identified the need for a 24-Hour hotline for victims.
The Coastal Community Action Program allocated $2500 to help the coalition establish initial services. The first Coalition Rape Response Line volunteers successfully completed 38 hours of the necessary training. A two-year grant of $12,000 from the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) was received. 24-Hour Rape Response line coverage began. The Department of Social and Health Services began funding the Grays Harbor Sexual Assault Coalition as a community sexual assault program. The Grays Harbor Sexual Assault Coalition merged with Coastal Community Action Program. The staff members of the Child Sexual Assault Program coordinated all sexual assault services. The Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development provided the program with funding for survivor support groups.
A toll free number was engaged for the 24-Hour line. State legislation consolidated sexual assault program funding under the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA). Legislation created an accreditation process for all community sexual assault programs. Grants were utilized to provide prevention education for dating violence and to provide information for families whose child(ren) had been sexually assaulted. A part-time staff member was added to the program.
Grays Harbor Sexual Assault Coalition was accredited as a community sexual assault program. The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy increased funding allowing for the equivalent of two full time employees. Enhanced services included training, education, therapy and support groups.
Grays Harbor Sexual Assault Coalition became a stand-alone community sexual assault program.
Grays Harbor Sexual Assault Coalition changed its name to Beyond Survival.
Beyond Survival held its very first fundraiser called Dine Out for Safety, raising over $1,700.
Beyond Survival held its first annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®” event.
Beyond Survival hired a Bi-Lingual Advocate.
Relocated to 313 South I Street.
Beyond Survival began serving incarcerated survivors at Stafford Creek through PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act).
Beyond Survival held the first Where We Live class for the community.
This past year Beyond Survival employed a director, three advocates including one bilingual advocate, a bookkeeper, a prevention specialist, an office assistant, 1-3 Grays Harbor College interns, 0-2 Grays Harbor College Workstudy students, 1 Morningside employee, and we have 4 dedicated volunteers, and a board of 6-7 volunteer members. Our doors continue to be open Monday through Friday from 9-5 plus evenings for support groups, as well as our 24 hour emergency crisis response line.
Since 2006, Beyond Survival has served over 1,250 primary clients and 740 secondary clients. Our advocates have responded to over 4,500 crisis calls and have presented over 1,500 prevention presentations.