Congressman Tom Reed visited Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes in Penn Yan Tuesday Aug. 16, to tour the center for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the Yates, Ontario, and Seneca counties.
Reed met with site administrators, including Executive Director Marisa Rubé, Assistant Director and head of Prevention programming Rachel Gregory, and Client Services Coordinator/head of advocacy programming Anina Hamilton, to learn about critical community needs and the funding they require.
Safe Harbors provides no-cost services to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, including counseling, support groups, and legal help for victims in the region. They also provide prevention and education services to the community to stop domestic violence and sexual abuse before it starts.
“We care about those who are recovering from sexual assault and domestic violence. It’s only right that we stand with the victims in these situations.They have to know that we will not only listen to them when they come forward but that their accounts will be believed. They have to know there is justice for them and we will do everything we can to keep them safe,” said Reed.
Reed also met with a survivor who has benefited from the service offered at the site. Identified only as “Mattie,” she spoke with Reed about her marriage and the abuse that lasted nearly three decades.
“We applaud Mattie’s courage and her willingness to share her story with us. Her story is one of hope. That even in spite of everything she has faced, it’s possible to find help and a path forward,” said Reed.