Grant money helps support assault victims at the University of Alabama

UA grant for sexual assault prevention, support

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Victims of domestic and sexual violence don’t want to be seen or identified for a reason, but those survivors and others know they can talk to someone from the Women and Gender Resource Center at the University of Alabama for help.

The state of Alabama gave the agency a $179,000 grant before the start of the new year.

“Sexual assault, rape, stalking, adult survivor of childhood abuse.” Dr. Elle Shaaban-Magana described. She’s the center’s executive director.

Shaaban-Magana said the grant money pays for five staff positions and allows them to maintain a 24-hour crisis line.

“Things don’t only eventually happen in the hours of 8 to 5. So we know we have to have staff available to provide the support in 2 in the morning if need be,” Shaaban-Magana added.

Services at the Women and Gender Resource Center are available to students and staff at the University and Shelton State Community College.

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