SCC victim

From left, CHP Officer Nick Norton; SCC Community Resources Manager Dameion Renault; John Mendiola, Veterans Incarcerated program volunteer and Vietnam Veterans Of America, Chapter 391; and Ginger Martin, DA Victim/Witness Center director.

By Dameion Renault, Community Resources Manager
Sierra Conservation Center

Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) – in observation of Victim Awareness Month – recently supported the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s office by a fundraiser to benefit the DA’s Victim/Witness Center.

The fundraiser netted $1,000 for the center.

Warden Joel Martinez and District Attorney Laura Krieg headed up the fundraiser with support from SCC staff, DA Victim/ Witness staff and the California Highway Patrol.

SCC partnered with Cliff Woolard from RVs of Sacramento to provide a great deal for a travel trailer as a lottery prize to help raise money to benefit the Victim/Witness Center and the Center’s Kids Interview Team (KIT) program.

In July of 1993, a Tuolumne County task force was formed by a small group of dedicated professionals whose concern for child molest victims brought them together to pursue a system where children and their families could access services to lessen the trauma of victimization while creating a sensitive and specialized investigative process.

The Kids Interview Team (KIT) was formed in 1994 to conduct multidisciplinary interviews in cases of sexual molestation of children under the age 14.

Later, developmentally disabled sexual assault victims were added to the KIT process.

The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Victim-Witness Assistance Center, Sonora Police Department, Probation and Child Welfare Services collaborate in all cases where a criminal investigation is indicated and participate in the multidisciplinary interview process.

On June 3, Warden Martinez pulled the winning ticket from the hundreds sold and a retired CDCR employee, who now helps to facilitate self-help groups, was the winner. The support from the DA Victim/ Witness, CHP, RV’s of Sacramento, and SCC proved to be a winning combination for raising money for the victims of Tuolumne County.