Sexual Violence Survivor Fund
News Release For Immediate Release April 19, 2017
Sexual Violence Survivor Fund Created by KU Student Senate, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Association
Lawrence, KS - KU student body president Stephonn Alcorn and student body vice president Gabby Naylor today announced the creation of the University of Kansas Sexual Violence Survivor Fund. The fund’s initial investment of $8,000 is provided through $4,000 from the Student Senate Opportunity Endowment Fund, $2,000 from KU Interfraternity Council, and $2,000 from KU Panhellenic Association.
The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to students who have experienced or are experiencing a form of interpersonal violence. The goal is to increase the independence and safety of students by providing them with on-campus monetary support. This resource is both an immediate and individualized form of support for survivors of sexual violence who are currently enrolled students at the University of Kansas, and will be administered through the CARE Coordinator, a confidential advocate in Watkins Health Center.
Gabby Naylor, outgoing student body Vice President, remarked, “Existing community resources in Lawrence and Douglas County are limited, often rely on donations, and require a strenuous process for survivors. By creating this fund, students will now have more autonomy when choosing to seek these resources. By coming together, we can make an institutional effort to support all students, regardless of associated organizations.”
Examples of resources available to purchase through this fund may include bed linens, safety-related needs (changing locks, alternate cell phone, etc.), related medical costs, one-time assistance with rent, or housing accommodations during breaks.
Britt Biel with the Panhellenic Association said, “In a community that is filled with young women who may be affected by, or know someone who has experienced sexual assault, the Panhellenic Association is both excited and committed to starting this fund in an effort to work together to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.”
Nathan Lutz with the IFC added, “The Interfraternity Council is extremely pleased to make this initial investment to such a fund, in addition to other efforts that to combat sexual violence and support survivors.”
It is the goal of Student Senate, the Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Association to sustain the the Sexual Violence Survivor Fund for future years through additional campus partners at KU such as the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Panhellenic Council, and Kansas Athletics Incorporated.
If you would like to know more about the fund, please contact Merrill Evans, CARE Coordinator at Watkins Health Center.