Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Vetoes Funding For Rape Crisis Centers

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott doesn't care.

Scott sent a clear message to the women of Florida as well as The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence this week when he vetoed $1.5 million in funding for 30 rape crisis centers.

State lawmakers had allotted the money to offset an increase in need and a lack of sufficient funding for victim services.

When asked why Scott vetoed the funding a spokesperson it was because that particular line item in the state budget because the state already funds sexual violence programs, and nobody was able to make it clear to him why rape crisis centers needed the new funding.

Apparently he just didn't listen well enough because Jennifer Dritt, the executive director of the Florida Council tried to explain to him why the funding was needed.

Dritt said "We gave them information about the number of new survivors we have and we showed them that these rape crisis centers have waiting lists. Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren't able to offer because of a lack of money. There is clearly an unmet need."

Another fact that further discredits Gov. Scott's claims is that for the $6.5 million that he claimed the government provided for rape prevention and sexual assault services is distributed to education programs, not actual crisis centers serving the victims.

And so continues the Republicans war on women.

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