After undergoing a three-day training program, peer advocates staff our 24-hour cell phone, accompany student victims to police departments or medical appointments, or staff SASOnline, a free and confidential online support service established in 2009.The Peer Support Program effectively uses student and staff volunteers who play an integral role in our response to crime on campus.Every state has a “statute of limitations” that sets the longest amount of time that a creditor can wait before it might lose the right to sue you. But, you can lose that protection if you make a mistake.If a creditor sues you too late, you have the right to go into court and have the case dismissed. The “statute of limitations” is revived if you, (or your “debt settlement company”) makes a payment on the debt, no matter how small the payment is.Another danger in dealing with a debt settlement company is they might send installment payments to your creditors, including very old credit debts that have already passed the statute of limitations period.
All crime victims need to be heard, need to be treated with the utmost dignity, and need to realize that they can return to their normal functioning.I have worked with crime victims for over 35 years as an advocate in a police department, a prosecutor's office, and with free-standing programs.Currently, I am Director of George Mason University's Sexual Assault Services (SAS).Because our program is so unique, we are often called upon by other campuses across the country to share our expertise.
Sponsoring the production of The Vagina Monologues yearly for the past 12 years has enabled us to establish and oversee the Mason Victims of Violence Fund.
And in some places, you can also lose your protection even you don’t pay anything, just by acknowledging in writing that you owe the debt.