Report: SC budget cuts hurt rape victims, children

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new report says South Carolina's budget cuts are delaying help for rape victims and stalling the state's ability to respond to child protection complaints.

The annual Focus on Kids report was released Tuesday by an advocacy organization called the Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

The report says the Foothills Alliance in Anderson has lost 30 percent of the cash it uses to help people after rapes. That lack of money means a waiting list for sex-crime victims seeking help because there is not enough money to pay counselors.

The report also says it is taking the state longer to respond child protection complaints. It also raises a warning that parents moving from welfare to jobs are losing help needed for child care and transportation.

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