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ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF KANSAS CITY
May 4, 2011

As the Coordinator of Advocacy Services for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), I have had the pleasure to work closely with the Assistance League of Kansas City for several years. The Assistance League plays a very important role in our work to support survivors of sexual assault since they provide us with care kits for victims at the hospital. These Assault Survivor Kits include clothing, toiletries, and a book on healing from rape. These items are presented to survivors when our advocates meet them at the hospital to provide support during the forensic medical exam. This exam often requires victims to give up their clothing during the evidence collection process, so having clean, comfortable clothing and toiletries to clean up with after the exam can make a world of difference. We are so grateful for the Assistance League and the great work that they do preparing these kits and ensuring that survivors of sexual assault in the Greater Kansas City area can feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult process. They are such an asset to the community!

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I am privileged to see the impact of the assault survivor kits provided by the Assistance League when they are received by survivors of sexual assault at the hospital. It is amazing how much of a difference the items in the kit make to survivors. Victims have told me that they feel like a person again after being able to clean up after the exam and change into the new, comfortable clothing. That is so important to someone may feel dehumanized by the experience of the sexual assault.

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Professional with expertise in this field & I helped coordinate the donation of assault survivor kits from the Assistance League to MOCSA.