Meet Aspen! Certified Therapy Dog.

by Fair Haven, Inc
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Meet Aspen!  Certified Therapy Dog.
Aspen waiting for her client to arrive.
Aspen waiting for her client to arrive.

Thank you so very much for your continued support of Aspen, Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center's Certified Therapy Dog.  As our Therapy Dog program is 100% community supported, your generous donations go directly to provide this special service to all our clients (and our staff reap a benefit too!).

In 2021, Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center provided 4,993 services to 314 survivors of sexual assault.  2021 was our largest service year in our 16 year history...until 2022!  As of September 20, 2022, our staff has served 338 survivors.  This has been a year like none other!  As we continue to provide 24/7/365 services & response to all 14 hospitals emergency rooms within the three counties we serve (Lake, Porter and LaPorte), our opportunities to serve survivors continues to expand for our advocates as well as Aspen!

Aspen was invited to support an adolescent survivor who was attending a meeting a the prosecutors office.  Due to the very sensitive nature of this opportunity, the only pictures we have to share are of Aspen in the car and outside on the grass. I am very happy to report that Aspen did an amazing job!  She sat right on the feet of the survivor throughout the meeting and engaging in cuddles during emotional moments.  The judicial system can be a very intimidating place for survivors and our advocates are right along side giving support. Aspen was elated to have this opportunity.As we enter the last quarter of 2022, we anticipate Aspen will have other opportunities to venture outside the office and lend support where needed.  We are greatful to our community partners who allowed us this amazing opportunity.  

We would love to meet you in person!  On Sunday, November 6, 2022, 1-4pm @ the Halls of St. George, Fair Haven is hosting our 5th Annual Fairy Tale Ball.  This is our most anticipanted and beloved family friendly event.  We hope to see you there!

On our way to the courthouse!
On our way to the courthouse!

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Grateful for Community Partners MJWC
Grateful for Community Partners MJWC

Thank you so very much for your continued support of Aspen, Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center's Certified Therapy Dog.  As our Therapy Dog program is 100% community supported, your generous donations go directly to provide this special service to all our clients (and our staff reap a benefit too!)

Last year, Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center provided 4,993 services to 314 survivors of sexual assault.  2021 was our largest service year in our 16 year history.  We provide 24/7/365 service & response to all 14 hospitals/ER's within the three counties we serve (Lake, Porter and LaPorte).  Our support groups & individual advocacy servcies are offered throughout the week and no charge!  We are here to help.

February 2022 marked Seven years for Aspen working with victims of sexual violence at Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center and we celebrated with a cake for both Aspen & the staff!

Aspen has grown so much in the last seven years and I don't just mean her size! Her training has been built on routine and it has proven very successful.  She sits by the door waiting for group participants to come and wants to be the first to greet them.  Clients arrive early just to sip a cup of coffee and get lots of support from Aspen.  Her presence brings so much joy to all in our office.

Interested in meeting Aspen?  She will be at our 19th Annual Walk in the Park on June 11, 2021 @ Wicker Memoral Park in Highland from 5-7:30 pm.  We would love to see you there.

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Aspen waiting to greet her clients.
Aspen waiting to greet her clients.

Happy New Year!  

January is off to a big start for our agency as January is both Stalking Awareness & Human Traffikcing Awareness Month!  Aspen and I thought we would share some very important information with your regarding these crimes and the victimizations that our Survivors endure.

What is stalking? A pattern of behavior  directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.

STALKING VICTIMIZATION

  • An estimated 7.5 million people are stalked in a one year period in the United States.
  • Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point in their lifetime.
  • About half of all victims of stalking g indicated that they were stalked before the age of 25.
  • Stalkers use many tactics including: Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or GPS.

For more information about Stalking and to read more statistics and access resources, go to the SPARC website linked in this report along with the short YouTube video.

Human Trafficking ranks as the fastest growing and second largest criminal enterprise in the world and henerates approximately $150.2 billion worldwide.  The Polaris Project, which houses the National Human Trafficking Hotline reports:

  • More than 40,000 cases of human trafficking has been reported to the hotline in the last 10 years.
  • In 2020, there were 51,667 contacts to the Human Trafficking Hotline.
  • In 2020, 10,983 Human Trafficking Cases were reported: 8,447 were female and 1,257 were male, 6423 were adults and 2,488 were minors.  

For more information about Human Trafficking and to read more statistics and to learn more about the Myths/Facts surrounding this national issue go to the Polaris Project webstie linked in this report.

We hope that sharing this information will give you a clearer picture of the work we do here at Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center and the importance of Aspen's services.  Every dollar donated goes directly to support our project as Canine Advocacy is 100% community funded. 

Again, Happy New Year!  May this be the year that all your dreams take flight!  

Kelly Vates

Christmas 2021
Christmas 2021
Aspen engaging with one of our advocates!
Aspen engaging with one of our advocates!

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Aspen working with Advocate Becky
Aspen working with Advocate Becky

Happy Fall everyone!  

Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center turns 16 years old this month!  We have experienced so much growth over the last six years as we added our crisis response services.  Aspen is not allowed in the hospitals but she does an excellent job working with the survivors here in our office.

Advocacy work is a rewarding job. We are privileged to walk along side of survvivors who #ChooseAdvocacy.  We have been responding to emergency rooms for years.  However, last June, the state of Indiana put in place a Victim Rights statue that outlines the rights for sexual assault survivors.  IC 35-40.5.  What was formerly considered "best practice" is now a RIGHT!  Survivors have a right to speak with an Advocate during any hospital visit for the purpose of receiving a sexual assault exam.  Survivors have a right to speak with an Advocate during the course of an investigation.  

What does all this mean?  Survivors do not have to walk the process alone!  For a full description of the Victims RIghts Statue, please visit our website or watch our video at the links attached to this report.

In addition to the supporting survivors, Aspen takes very good care of her co-workers!  As you can see in the pictures, she loves on them any chance she gets. We love our job!  However, we can get tired, overwhelmed and affected by vicarious trauma.  Having Aspen in the office allows our staff the additional support we need to move forward each day!

We are so grateful for your continued support of Aspen and our Therapy Dog Program.  This program is 100% community funded!  So, every donation you make goes directly to support Aspen.  We could not provide this services without your generosity!  

Aspen working with Advocates Sylvia & Natalie.
Aspen working with Advocates Sylvia & Natalie.

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Aspen waiting for her client.
Aspen waiting for her client.

Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and while many will be celebrating, Aspen and I will be heading to court to provide support for a human-trafficking Survivor who is preparing to testify and we need your help!  

Additional $1,000 support is needed to assit in covering travel costs, lodging for two nights and clothing needed for the survivor to attend court. 

Human Trafficking ranks as the fastest growing and second largest criminal enterprise in the world and generates approximately $150.2 billion worldwide.  The Polaris Project, which houses the National Human Trafficking Hotline identifies the northwest corner of Indiana, adjacent to Chicago as a high-risk area for trafficking.  According to the Salvation Army, more sex trafickers are arrested in Cook County (Chicago) than anywhere else in the United States with female victims between the ages of 15-24 being the most targeted victims.

Of the state total of 1,195 reported trafficked victims in Indiana (2019) based on the National Human Trafficking Hotline, it is estimated that 45% of those individuals are from the Northwest region of Indiana. There is a noticible lack of services targed toward HT Survivors. 

Fair Haven is committed to assisting survivors of Human Trafficking seek freedom and justice.  Would you join us in this effort and help provide Therapy Dog assistance to a survivor who desperately needs comfort, compassion and unconditional love. 

Thank you for your continued support of Aspen as this project is 100% funded through community donations, 100% of your donation goes directly to cover costs to provide Therapy Dog Services to victims of crime. 

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Location: Highland, Indiana - USA
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