Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $75,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
Using this federal grant award, The Pataula Center for Children will provide forensic interviews in a child-friendly atmosphere, facilitate Multi-Disciplinary Teams, and refer victims for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams and counseling to promote healing. Providing these services will likely increase the prosecution rates for accused sexual offenders as well as decrease re-victimization and abuse.