Gov. Ivey awards $390K grant to assist sexual assault victims across the state


MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $390,599 grant to support the Alabama Coalition Against Rape, a nonprofit organization that assists victims of sexual violence and conducts outreach and education to prevent others from being victimized.

The Coalition has provided legal, medical and counseling services to victims throughout Alabama since 1995. The organization is made up of more than a dozen agencies that provide regional services for victims.

The coalition also provides training for allied professionals and networks and maintains connections with other agencies to assist victims and address sexual violence issues.

“Professional help is always available for anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault,” Ivey said. “I commend the Alabama Coalition Against Rape for their work in improving services for victims of these terrible crimes and for their outreach work in helping to prevent these crimes.”

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

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in commending the Alabama Coalition Against Rape for the important work they do to ensure that victims of these awful crimes receive the care and support they need in their recovery,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Along with grants, the Coalition and its member agencies rely on private donations to ensure that these services remain available year-round.

Gov. Ivey notified Chandra Brown, the Coalition’s board president, that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victims’ services, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation development.