Gov. Martin O'Malley awarded $287,702 to rape crisis centers across the state.
Bill Toohey, spokesman for the governor's office on Crime Control and Prevention, said, "This is so these organizations can provide money to women who have -- and men -- who have been sexually victimized."
One out of every eight women in Maryland have been raped at some point in their lives, according to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In 2012, people reported 1,236 forcible rapes in Maryland. The funds from the governor's office comes out a federal program created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005. The Maryland program is called the Sexual Assault Formula Grant Program (SASP).
"All this requires resources to help the victim," Toohey said. "These SASP grants, as they're called, provide those resources to organizations like Heartly House that can help the people who have been victimized."
Thirteen organizations will receive grants from program, including Heartly House in Frederick.