‘ROCC-a-Thon’ raises awareness for victims of violent crimes

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A special event took place on Monument Circle on Thursday to help raise awareness for victims of violent crimes.

The Legacy House, a non-profit agency, hosted the ROCC-a-Thon. ROCC stands for Reaching Out to Citizens Affected by Crime.

Dozens of rocking chairs were set up for anyone who wanted to rock and raise awareness about local victim rights and services. The event coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The executive director of the Legacy House says events like this help them raise funds so they can keep their services free and provide counseling as long as someone needs it.

“One third of our clients are children. Individuals who have been engaged in a sexual assault or sexual abuse or some other violence,” Executive Director of Legacy House Michael Hurst said. “About 80 percent of our clients are under served. Meaning they are at poverty or just above poverty, and they are not walking around with $20 for a co-pay that can’t otherwise get counseling services.”

Legacy House provides free counseling and advocacy services to adult and child victims of violence.

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