Hollins Hosts Fear 2 Freedom Event to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

Hollinfreedoms University students are partnering with the nonprofit organization Fear 2 Freedom and Carilion Clinic to aid those who have been sexually assaulted or abused.

Students will gather on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Moody Student Center to prepare aftercare kits, which will subsequently be given to sexual assault victims receiving forensic exams at Carilion Clinic hospitals. The packages will contain toiletries such toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and washcloths, and clothing intended to replace personal effects that are held for evidence. The items will be donated by the students themselves.

Fear 2 Freedom was founded in 2011 by Rosemary Trible, wife of Christopher Newport University President and former U.S. Senator Paul Trible. Her 2010 book, Fear to Freedom, tells the story of her rape at gunpoint in 1975, her recovery, and how she has reached out to others who have experienced a similar trauma.

“The ‘2’ in Fear 2 Freedom is for the fact that every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in America,” she explained in a 2011 interview with the Newport News Daily Press. “It is through my own dark road of pain that I have become so passionate about helping victims and fighting against abuse.”

Members of the Hollins Student Government Association Senate will be dedicating their regular Tuesday evening meeting to this community outreach activity, and Rosemary Trible will be in attendance.

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