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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 491

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Tonight's special guest is Marinelle Timmons, long-time Executive Director of the Victim Assistance Centre in Houston, Texas. She began her mission to bring about a change in the Criminal Justice System after her 18 year old son Curtis was killed by a drunk driver in 1981. Committed to make a difference by founding the first Texas chapter of "Mothers Against Drunk Driving" (MADD) in 1981, she accepted an appointment by the Governor to serve for two years on the "Governor's Task Force on Traffic Safety". By the fifth anniversary of her son's death, Mrs. Timmons had addressed more than 10,000 people on the hazards of driving while drinking. MADD was receiving calls from victims of other types of crimes asking for assistance to meet their emotional, physical, informational and financial needs. Consequently, Marinelle founded a second non-profit agency, the "Victims Assistance Centre" (VAC) in 1986, to address the needs of innocent victims of all violent crimes. She was intent to find innovative ways to respond to unmet community needs without duplicating services and programs provided elsewhere. She's spent the last 30 years devoting her time and energy to providing information, assistance and guidance to innocent victims of violent crimes, turning a terrible tragedy into a crusade for others and is continually dedicated to her mission.

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