Governor awards grant to support sexual assault victims

Source: MGN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $463,021 grant to help victims of sexual assault gain access to free, professional assistance through a coalition of agencies.

The Alabama Coalition Against Rape will use the funds to purchase equipment to provide services to clients with limited ability to speak English and those in the deaf community.

Funds will also enable the coalition to obtain a statewide data management system for use by its member programs across the state.

The coalition also will provide direct services to victims of sexual assault in eight counties that are currently un-served by a local agency including Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Marion counties in north Alabama and Choctaw, Conecuh, Covington and Monroe counties in south Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.