Officials from Joint Base Charleston on Friday are presenting the Medical University of South Carolina's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner department and People Against Rape with financial donations and clothing in a ceremony onboard USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point.
The money and clothing were donated by U.S. Navy commands on Joint Base Charleston during April events sponsored by the Weapons Station's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The SAPR program provides continual support and response to victims of sexual assault in the armed forces and their dependents.
A check in the amount of $5,300 will be donated to People Against Rape, the local rape crisis center for the Tri-County area. The money will provide one year of 24-hour hotline phone service, in addition to the Victim Relief Fund which provides direct services to victims of sexual assault.
Another check in the amount of $500 will be donated to MUSC's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner department. In addition to monetary support, 300 items of new clothing were purchased and will be donated to MUSC to provide replacement clothing after a victim's sexual assault forensic exam.