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Victim Advocacy: Knowing Your Rights and Who To Contact

June 3rd at 7:15pm EST

The Atlantic Institute partners with many faith and cultural organizations across the state for dialogue events, as such, we recognize that often it's these organizations that are "first responders" in the community when someone has been victimized. It was recently announced that, in South Carolina, June 15th will be known as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We are partnering with South Carolina Victim Advocate Network (SCVAN) and the Faith Based Victim Services Program to inform and educate everyone on what services their program provides. We will gather a panel of members from these organizations and look at how they work with and react to victims in South Carolina from all walks of life. They will discuss services, statistics, and ways to plan for a safer community. Sign up below for a chance to take part in this discussion!


MaraMara Allport is the Training Program Manager with the Elder Abuse Training and Treatment Program housed within the Medical University of South Carolina. She trains healthcare and senior service providers on identifying and referring elder mistreatment through free in-person and online trainings. She enjoys community outreach to raise awareness about this growing public health issue and advocates for staying safe throughout the life span. Mara graduated from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, is married, and mother to an almost-2-year-old boy.








 MaraRoger Acton is in his fourth year as the Faith Based Victim Services Project Director with the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (, along with his Assistant Project Director and Community Outreach Coordinator, Arelis Alcantara, connecting all faith communities with the powerful support of all violent crime victim services for victims and their families. In compliment to his SCVAN work, Roger, at the beginning of 2020, was appointed by Attorney General Alan Wilson as the Subcommittee Chair of the new Interfaith Initiative for the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. Roger is also a part time chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains, ( providing ministry support to the staff of multiple businesses in the Midlands, as part of their employee benefits. Covering a span of over 25 years, he has enjoyed ministering in Florida, Texas and South Carolina, including about a year as a hospice chaplain, and several years as a volunteer hospital chaplain. Prior to Roger’s ministry call, he worked in sales, marketing, plus interspersed retail work with Lifeway Christian Resources while in ministry in South Carolina. With his wife, Cathy, they are celebrating 28 years of marriage, and are blessed with two awesome, collegiate daughters, Micah and Faith.






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