Wednesday, September 5 2012 12:59 PM EDT2012-09-05 16:59:09 GMT
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—For nearly 40 years, the organization, People Against Rape, has helped close to a thousand victims of sexual assault a year. However,More >>
For nearly 40 years, the organization, People Against Rape, has been helping sexual assault victims. The future of the organization is now uncertain.More >>
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A total of eleven people have now lost their jobs this week at the non-profit, People Against Rape.
This comes after board members of the group say a former bookkeeper mismanaged around $60,000 to $80,000 dollars of the non-profits money -- leading to their loss of about $300,000 dollars in state funding from the Department of Public Safety and DHEC.
People Against Rape Board Member Vicky Consel says they are currently conducting an audit with an accountant. They have no timeline for when the audit will be complete.
North Charleston police say they have opened an investigation into the former bookkeeper, who left the non-profit in February of 2011.
Despite the drastic cuts this week, some staff members say they have vowed to stay on with the non-profit to continue their cause.
"With something like this happening so unexpectedly it is hard to process all the emotions and still worry about your own personal life," Ruby Godley, former employee of People Against Rape says. "But most importantly you think about the people who are going to lose out on the services that we had to offer."
Services like hospital accompaniment for rape victims and a 24-hour hotline available so that someone is always there to talk.
"For a lot of our clients we are the only ones who know what has happened to them," Godley says.
Godley says they are the only rape crisis center in the tri-county area and it is vital that they stay open. Despite being let go, she says she intends to stay and volunteer for free as long as possible so the phones never go unanswered and the victims never have to feel alone.
"It has been a whirlwind of emotions for everyone this has been an organization that we care so dearly about obviously we aren't here for our paychecks we are here for the community and those in need."
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