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Alabama Survivors Fund

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The Alabama Survivors Fund provides direct financial assistance to victims of sexual and domestic violence at the University of Alabama.

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Our small-dollar donors are critical to keeping our operations open for survivors. By giving just a little bit when you can, you can help ensure we... Read more

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Program sponsors are individuals who are kind enough to give us contributions that can pay for a larger percentage of our hardship grant. Our basel... Read more

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Program Partners are individuals who are able to cover a considerable amount of a survivor's expenses. Advocates at the partnership level will be i... Read more

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Top financial contributors

1
Barbara Triggs and Anthony Anscombe

$1,000 USD since Jan 2023

2
Anon

$830.63 USD since Jan 2023

3
Jackie Triggs

$500 USD since Jan 2023

4
Elizabeth Bennett

$500 USD since Jan 2023

5
Anthony Anscombe

$500 USD since Jan 2023

6
Guest

$300 USD since Jan 2023

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Guest

$250 USD since Jan 2023

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The Duffys

$200 USD since Jan 2023

9
Cathy and Jim Landman

$200 USD since Jan 2023

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Guest

$200 USD since Jan 2023

11
Georgia Junker

$100 USD since Dec 2022

12
Tricia Sylvia

$100 USD since Jan 2023

13
Guest

$100 USD since Jan 2023

14
Megan Minkoff

$100 USD since Jan 2023

15
Brikk Bralley

$100 USD since Jan 2023

16
Caitlin Bresnahan

$100 USD since Jan 2023

17
Josh

$100 USD since Jan 2023

18
McKenzie

$100 USD since Jan 2023

19
Bridget Anscombe

$100 USD since Jan 2023

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Chase Pritchett

$100 USD since Jan 2023

Alabama Survivors Fund is all of us

Our contributors 116

Thank you for supporting Alabama Survivors Fund.

Georgia Junker

Admin

$100 USD

Madeline Ansc...

Admin

$50 USD

Barbara Trigg...

$1,000 USD

Anon

Program Sponsor

$831 USD

Jackie Triggs

Program Partner

$500 USD

Elizabeth Ben...

Program Partner

$500 USD

Anthony Anscombe

Program Partner

$500 USD

Guest

$300 USD

Guest

$250 USD

The Duffys

$200 USD

Cathy and Jim...

$200 USD

Guest

$200 USD

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+$6.00USD
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Credit from Meridith McDonald to Alabama Survivors Fund

+$20.00USD
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Today’s balance

$3,273.53 USD

Total raised

$8,574.53 USD

Total disbursed

$5,301.00 USD

Estimated annual budget

$10,512.62 USD

About


At The University of Alabama, a culture of sexual violence has long been tolerated, expected, and even encouraged. The Rape, Incest & Abuse National Network (RAINN) estimates over one in four women will be the victim of sexual violence during her time in college, a risk that triples just by pursuing higher education. These rates are similarly appalling for LGBTQ+ students and students of color. 

Healing from these experiences is often a complicated and expensive journey, with unexpected price tags attached to healthcare, legal representation, and lost wages. It is estimated that each rape costs a victim an average of $122,461 over the course of a lifetime, placing undue economic strain on victims already struggling to stay afloat. 

Without access to this funding, victims often forgo resources critical to their healing. It has been well-documented that victims unable to match the economic stature of their assailants have been largely ignored by Tuscaloosa Police, denying both victims and the larger community of protection from violence. Victims who have been previously intimate with their abuser may be subject to stalking and continued violence if they are unable to finance relocation costs. As a result of their trauma, victims are significantly more likely to experience harmful mental health conditions such as PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and panic attack disorders. Without receiving adequate therapy, this can result in diminished academic success, and victims may be too traumatized to study, attend classes, or engage in extracurriculars that are beneficial to their careers. Studies have shown that victims are significantly more likely than the average student to lose scholarships, fail/drop out of college, and receive worse grades following assault. This can then place additional economic strain on students financing their own education as well as impact employment options following graduation. At it's worst, the psychological impacts of insufficient care can lead to worsening conditions to the point of hospitalization or suicide. 

The impact sexual violence has over the course of a lifetime is catastrophic, unfair, and extremely painful. There is no sum of money that can fix such a violent negation of an individual's autonomy and humanity. But to some extent, providing economic assistance can help mitigate the worst impacts of sexual violence, giving students a fighting chance to move from "victim" to "survivor."

We believe victims at Alabama deserve to be believed and supported in their time of need. Supporting survivors is not only the right thing to do, but it makes the Capstone a better place. When students are able to meet their full potential, they enrich the lives of the students and faculty around them, and upon graduation, represent UA with pride. 

This fund is dedicated to survivors who need a lifeline. We hope to sponsor survivors with monthly $300 disbursements for up to $6,000 of funding towards their healing journey. Survivors can also apply for grants fitting specific financial needs. This can be used however a victim sees fit, whether that be covering the cost of therapy, groceries, relocation, or healthcare. 

If you need help with your healing, you can apply for funding here. Students will be prioritized on a needs-based basis. 

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