One in three women in Utah report that they have been a victim of some sort of sexual violence in their lifetime and one in eight women report being raped.
Those are just two of the eye-opening statistics the Rape Recovery Center is bringing awareness to light. And one of the best ways the organization has gotten the word out is through their fundraiser, the pARTy for Rape Recovery, which Salt Lake magazine attended on April 27.
“We’re really happy with the turnout. Every dollar is going to the Rape Recovery Center's programs,” said executive director Holly Mullen at the event. “We were prepared for a lighter crowed, because people are worried about the economy, but we got a lot of late RSVPs.”
Along with auction items, from signed autographs of Utah Jazz players and high-end jewelry, local artists put their best work on auction.
Don Prys’ Bon Appetit, at a buy-it-now price of $950
Bigger ticket items were saved for the live auction, including a getaway to The Inn at Mazatlan on the Mexican Riviera and a 2012 Polaris Outlaw 90 ATV.
And the most important art on display came from acutal victims of sexual violence.
This collage was created by a female victim. The title, Violet, came from a Hole song that gave her comfort after the incident.
Nancy Ann Little, a junior at the University of Utah, was named Rape Recovery Center’s volunteer of the year. Since September 2011, she has offered support and empathy to victims through the center’s crisis line. She also showed grace under fire and continued assisting victims when the Children’s Justice Center accidently printed her personal cell phone number as the Rape Recovery Center’s crisis line number.
Mullen talked about Little’s work at the center, before naming her Volunteer of the Year.
Westminster College’s in-house catering provided food and drinks, and left us wishing the plates were bigger.
Well done, Westminster.
Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall, Rep. Brian King and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill were also at the event to show support for the center’s programs.
Guests at the event were also able to check out Westminster College’s displayed artwork, such as the Strings of Diplomacy—violins painted to represent 15 countries by 15 local artists.
Strings of Diplomacy