Codey pledges $400,000 in emergency funding for rape crisis centers
? Acting Governor Dick Codey (D-NJ) has pledged $400,000 in emergency funding for New Jersey?s rape crisis centers.
The state?s 22 rape crisis centers provide counseling to rape victims via 24-hour hotlines. However, many of the centers would have faced cutbacks without the emergency money. Funding for the centers under the Victim?s Crime Act has been cut by $800,000 over the last two years.
Experts say sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the state of New Jersey. In 2004, 6,000 rape victims used rape crisis centers to obtain help.