MSUToday
Published: Jan. 4, 2016

Sexual Assault Program hosts self-care drive

Contact(s): Jason Cody Media Communications office: (517) 432-0924 cell: (734) 755-0210 Jason.Cody@cabs.msu.edu

The MSU Sexual Assault Program is sponsoring the New Year Renew Self-Care Drive during the month of January to collect personal care products and other items for student survivors of sexual assault.

The therapists and advocates of the Sexual Assault Program offer self-care items to student survivors of sexual assault who seek services with the program, which serves about 500 people each year. The purpose of the drive is to encourage the greater Lansing community to donate items to assist in stocking the supply for the upcoming year.

Items can include: lotions, soaps and face wash, bath products, nail polish and manicure supplies, puzzles, adult coloring books, art supplies, colored pencils and markers, journals, essential oils, stress balls, kinetic sand, hair care products, hair items, socks, jewelry, tea and cocoa, mints and gum and candles.

“In the giving nature of this holiday season and the spirit of the New Year, we are asking people in the greater Lansing area to join us in supporting survivors of sexual assault,” said Tana Fedewa, program coordinator of the Sexual Assault Program. “The MSU Sexual Assault Program gives self-care items to the clients we serve, so the materials collected in this drive will provide survivors with important things to help them cope with trauma and care for themselves.”

The Sexual Assault Program is partnering with the following businesses as drop off locations: Willow Tree Family Center, Bliss Salon and Spa, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition,  EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Northwest Initiative, Curvaceous Lingerie, Avenue Cafe, MSU Women’s Resource Center, Firecracker Foundation and the MSU Sexual Assault Program.

The Sexual Assault Program responds to those impacted by sexual violence and works to create a community free of violence and oppression. It operates as a unit within the Counseling Center at Michigan State University, providing counseling and support groups to MSU students, and the 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline and advocacy services are offered to anyone in the greater Lansing community. Visit http://endrape.msu.edu/ to learn more.

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