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300 "survivor kits" made to comfort sexual assault victims

April 26, 2018 11:36 PM

Hundreds of people gather at SEFCU Arena to make "survivor kits" for victims of sexual assault on Thursday.

This is the fourth year the "We Care" event was put on by UAlbany and Albany Medical Center. Students, hospital staff and community members all volunteered.

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Kits were packed with toiletries, clothes, handwritten notes and teddy bears. Volunteers assembled 300 kits, which were loaded into ambulances and taken to Albany Med to be distributed.

"In the past we were giving paper scrubs to go home with, or mesh panties and it doesn't really provide them with a sense of humanity when they're leaving,” Sexual Assault Nurse Coordinator for Albany Med Kailyn Dawson said. "So we felt regardless of whether or not they're getting their clothing for evidence collection we wanted to provide them something that might give them a little more comfort."

All the materials included in the kits were donated by local businesses.

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Emily Burkhard

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