CNU student volunteers make care kits for sexual assault survivors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds of Christopher Newport University students came together to support survivors of sexual assault at a Fear 2 Freedom event Wednesday night.

After a rape or sexual assault, victims often undergo exams that force them to leave their clothes behind as evidence. Organizers say a sweet gift could help jump start their recovery.

The kits include new clothes, supportive handwritten notes, toiletries and more. The kits will go to Riverside Medical Center, Latisha’s House and the Avalon Center.

“They’re able to have some items to be able to walk out of the hospital with a little more dignity,” said Katie Johnston, Associate Director for the President’s Leadership Program. “Some clothing, some toilet hygiene items, and just really a note from the students here: ‘We care about you. We’re thinking about you. We want to support you however we can.'”

Fear 2 Freedom hosts celebration events at college campuses around the country to showcase the stories of victims of sexual violence and to recruit students to be a part of the solution to sexual assault.