Saturday, May 06, 2006

Support the Relief Fund for Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Victims

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has established a relief fund for sexual assault victims in the Gulf Coast, in cooperation with state sexual assault coalitions in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. According to the fund's website:

"In the wake of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita, people experienced sexual violence during the evacuation process, sexual assault survivors were driven from their homes under traumatic conditions, and many sexual assault crisis centers were shut down or damaged. In joining the national call to offer relief to these victims, national partners working to end sexual violence have joined forces and are coordinating efforts to provide assistance to Gulf Coast states affected by Hurricanes Katrina ad Rita, and neighboring states accepting large numbers of evacuees.

The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims has been established to collect donations that will aid affected sexual assault victims and advocacy programs. The Fund is designed to:
  • Support the needs of sexual assault survivors
  • Support the needs of sexual assault advocacy program staff
  • Assist with expanded direct service capacity needs
  • Assist with prevention initiatives to protect evacuees from sexual violence
  • Support relocation/rebuilding efforts for flood-damaged sexual assault advocacy programs"

    Information on contributing to the fund is available here

    (Found via the librarian of the NSVRC. Information about the library, its services, and the sexual assault resources in its collection are available online.)

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