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Your Donations at Work: A Personal Story
On Thanksgiving, one of our advocates responded to a hospital call for advocacy. The victim was a woman in her early twenties living with a friend because she is currently unemployed and homeless. She has no family in the area and could not afford a bus ticket home for the holiday. She was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance that came over to the house earlier in the day to visit the friend she is living with. Unfortunately, her friend wasn't home, and the perpetrator took advantage of the situation. He attacked her.
After the exam, our MOCSA advocate provided the victim with an Assault Survivor Kit.* Based on her reaction, it was as if she had just been handed a beautifully wrapped holiday gift. Our advocate quickly realized what a gift it really was. The victim said she had very little clothing, some of which had just been taken as evidence during the exam. She was so excited about the brand new clothing and toiletries in the kit. She carefully took out each item, saying "thank you" for every single one.
After she was cleaned up and dressed in the new clothes, she took our advocate by surprise by asking how she looked. Our advocate reassured her that she looked like a well-dressed visitor to the hospital and not a patient, and that no one would ever suspect why she was at the hospital that day. She beamed.
Our advocacy that day played a vital role in this woman's road to recovery. In 2011, MOCSA staff members and volunteers helped 678 other victims like her — each with a different story, but a similar need. Our staff and volunteers provide the comfort, support and tools needed to start the recovery process. We couldn't do this if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue in our mission to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault through prevention, education, intervention, treatment and advocacy.
· A $35 donation helps keep our 24-hour crisis line and hospital advocacy programs operating 365 days a year.
· A $50 donation will cover a consultation and planning session for a family member so healing can continue at home.
· A $100 donation provides one hour of much-needed play therapy and case management services for the 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys who will be victims of sexual assault or abuse.
*MOCSA would like to extend a special thank you to the Assistance League of Kansas City for donating the Assault Survivor Kits. Each kit contains new clothing and toiletries for use by the victim after a sexual assault. Your generosity helps victims like this woman every day.
Thank you for investing in MOCSA’s continued ability to provide services to our community. Your support strengthens MOCSA's ability to serve our community.