On October 19, 2016, UB met its goal of filling 300 comfort bags for Crisis Services of Erie County to reaffirm UB's commitment to end sexual assault and interpersonal violence in our community.
UB's goal was to fill 300 Comfort Bags to benefit Crisis Services of Erie County. Thanks to the support of the entire UB community, we met this goal! 300 bags will supply Crisis Services with enough bags to provide comfort for victims who seek medical attention at hospitals in Erie County for about one year.
On April 4, 2016, the State University of New York launched SUNY’s Got Your Back, a year-long project to collect comfort kits for victims and survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence who come to shelters and centers across the Empire State. Teaming with the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), the SUNY Title IX Coordinators Association (STIXCA) will collect and fill bags at each of SUNY’s five-dozen campuses that span the State.
Every day in New York, men, women and children seek assistance from rape crisis and domestic violence shelters. Often they come in with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Money that shelters and other response organizations spend on personal care items is money that they are not spending on other crucial costs. Many SUNY colleges have run programs to collect comfort bags, bags filled with personal care items one would need when they arrive at a shelter. This program takes that to scale and provides bags to local agencies chosen by each campus.
Crisis Services is the most comprehensive crisis center in upstate New York dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well being of the community through prevention, education, immediate intervention and access to community wide resources 24 hours a day.
Crisis Services provides services through The Advocate Program that are available to any resident of Erie County, New York confidentially and free of charge. The Advocate Program provides: immediate crisis intervention at all emergency departments in Erie County when a victim of rape, domestic or family violence and elder abuse presents there; case management for victims of rape, domestic violence, family violence and elder abuse; therapy for sexual assault survivors; management of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in Erie County; coordination of a tri-county sexual violence prevention collaboration; operation of the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline on behalf of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and operation of the local Domestic Violence Helpline.
Every day, Crisis Services' Advocates meet men, women and children seeking assistance from rape crisis and domestic violence shelters. Often they meet them in a hospital setting with little more than the clothes they are wearing. In these situations, Advocates will provide comfort bags to individuals.
Comfort bags include a supply of travel size personal care items such as shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrush for the victim to cleanse themselves after their forensic exam at the hospital and a clean change of clothes to wear home, as many times clothing is taken for evidence, sometimes including shoes. After a traumatic event, the bags may offer a small amount of comfort to victims and survivors as they face the road ahead.
A huge thanks to our campus partners who hosted a dropoff location!
While the UB's Got Your Back campaign has concluded, you can still donate directly to Crisis Services. Please be sure to apply your donation to 'Comfort Bags'
Join us on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to show support for survivors in the UB community. Do it for someone you know, do it for yourself, or do it for the friend you don't know it is affecting.
This year Walk With Me and Take Back the Night combine for a full day of events -see the schedule of events below.
Unlike traditional awareness walks, Walk with Me at UB challenges all of us to walk through our usual day wearing purple as a show of support to those affected by domestic violence, and a stand against dating violence.
Take Back the night is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness around sexual and domestic violence. This years keynote speaker is Katie Koestner. This is an event you don't want to miss.
On Wednesday, October 19, Take Back the Night and Walk With Me combine for a night to shatter the silence, stop the violence and take a stand against domestic abuse. More information can be found here.