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Thank You: Helpline volunteers honored in L.A.

April 21, 2001

Marilyn Boyle and Yolanda Bernal from the Sure Helpline/Rape Crisis Center were honored April 11 by RAINN, the national rape hotline, for the outstanding services. Sure Helpline/Rape Crisis Center provides to victims of rape in Imperial County.

Approximately 20 advocates, forensic nurses, rape survivors and other leaders in the anti-sexual assault community attended the awards dinner and reception at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, sponsored by the Los Angeles area casinos and ADT Security Services, Inc. Mark A. Kelegian the chairman of RAINN's national legal advisory board, presented the awards.

"Sure Helpline/Rape Crisis Center is among the best rape crisis programs in the nation," said Scott Berkowits, RAINN's president and founder. "Month after month, they work 24 hours a day to help victims of sexual assault. As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month there is no better time to recognize the extraordinary work they do."

Mark Kelegian is a leading expert in the field of sexual assualt survivors' legal rights. Kelegian & Associates has a toll-free hotline (866) FORCOURAGE that offers free legal advice to rape victims.

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Sure Helpline/Rape Crisis Center offers person-to-person over-the-phone and crisis intervention, information and referral services. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

All services are confidential and free of charge.

JESSICA SILVA

El Centro

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