UNC graduate Alyson Culin is the new executive director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Staff writer Molly Horak talked with Culin about her work with the center.
The Daily Tar Heel: When did you know you wanted to do this sort of work?
Alyson Culin: When I was at UNC, I was a member of Project Dinah and was really impressed with the work they were doing. I came to the cause both through academic feminism from what I was learning in my coursework, but also through experiences that friends had had that made me very passionate about the cause.
DTH: What have you learned from your experience at the center?
AC: I’m very glad to have learned a great deal of compassion for those who have experienced such a violence and their loved ones. Some of my coworkers who have done excellent service work have taught me how to have that compassion for folks and how to support them in a way that is empowering. And that’s a huge part of what we do — allowing folks to heal in their own way.