During the April meeting of the Red Cross Town Council, Donna Miller, Executive Director of Esther House of Stanly County, spoke regarding April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Esther House serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The agency provides safe shelter as well as many non-residential services such as court advocacy, counseling and hospital accompaniment. Esther House provides services for both women and men as well as children.
There are currently 128 registered sex offenders in Stanly County. Miller said this number only reflects a small percentage of offenders as 64 percent of sexual assaults are never reported.
“It’s important that the community know the services that we do provide,” said Miller. “Please spread the word for us that there is help out there…We’ll do whatever we need to do to help them [victims] get to a safe place and regain their life.”
Esther House offers a 24-hour crisis line that can be reached at 704-961-7500. For more information about the services Esther House provides, visit their website at stanlyestherhouse.weebly.com.
Mayor Larry Wayne Smith read a proclamation for April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which the council subsequently adopted.
In other matters:
- The council approved the financial report for the month of March.
- Rodney Eury, Fire Chief of the Oakboro Fire Department, addressed the council regarding fire services in Red Cross. Eury provided a report detailing the calls made by the Oakboro Fire Department to the Red Cross area. The Town of Red Cross is served by the Oakboro Fire Department, West Stanly Fire Department and the Ridgecrest Fire Department. The council requested a semi-annual report to keep the council informed of all fire department services in Red Cross.
- Robbie Foxx, Planning and Zoning Enforcement Officer, said a review of the town’s zoning ordinance is needed. Foxx said a periodic review of the zoning ordinance is prudent to ensure that the ordinance is kept compliant with state statute changes. He presented a proposal from Uwharrie Planners to review all sections of the town’s zoning ordinance at an estimated cost of $4500. The council approved the proposal.