Agatha first came to the YWCA as a young victim of rape when she was 13 years old. Years later, the man who assaulted her was identified, and Agatha got the chance to testify in court. “I completely lost myself and I wasn’t able to function anymore because I was concentrating on the fact that I was going to have to come face-to-face with my rapist,” she remembers. The YWCA helped Agatha find her strength.
United Way supports victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and stalking by providing funding for the YWCA. “I was able to get the encouragement that I needed to help me be able to move forward to be able to testify.” She describes the YWCA as a place of hope that helped her find herself.
“Without the YWCA programs, I don’t know that I would have become the person that I did become,” she says.
Being healthy includes having access to medical services, healthy foods, fitness, mental health services, and being safe from violence, abuse and neglect. United Way is providing access to health, safety, and well-being by funding victim support programs through agencies like the YWCA, and invests more than $2.6 Million in organizations that support the health and safety of children and adults in Kent County.