The state is backing an expansion of a program at SUNY schools that helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
It’s called the Comfort Bag Program. The bags contain personal care items, along with information about community resources for victims.
The state will invest $5 million to help SUNY schools buy supplies. The program also empowers the students volunteers who put bags together.
“It brings more awareness and more comfort level for students to talk about things like domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking,” explains Colleen Holcomb from the Center for Select Respect at the College at Brockport. “It empowers students who have been impacted by it to have a voice, to speak up.”
The bags are distributed to local medical providers, shelters and rape crisis centers.