30 years of helping victims

THE Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) has helped over 10,000 victims of violence and abuse over the past 30 years.

Its president Lalitha Menon said they managed to reach out to nearly 8,000 people last year.

“WCC and our other centre Pusat Perkhidmatan Wanita gave free face-to-face counsel-ling to over 500 new clients and handled 1,000 calls serving women in crisis.

“Both centres are on call with Penang Hospital and Seberang Jaya Hospital to give emotional support to domestic violence and sexual assault victims,” she said in her opening speech of WCC’s 30th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner at a hotel recently.

Lalitha added they also taught thousands of children and youths about sexual violence, gave awareness talks to 3,000 people and trained nearly 2,000 teachers, medical personnel and prosecutors on victim’s rights.

She said: “The centres have grown from a staff number of 10 to 16.”

The WCC managed to raise over RM500,000 this year for its work in ending sexual violence, domestic violence, rape and child sexual abuse.

The crowd also enjoyed performances by comedian Harith Iskandar and the Northern Jazz Unit during the fundraising dinner.

Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development and Arts Com-mittee chairman Chong Eng.