Patriot Harley-Davidson of Fairfax is teaming up with the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Section (VSS), the INOVA Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team’s (FACT) department and Making Everything Good (M.E.G.) to collect new undergarments, sports bras, sweat pants, t-shirts, flip flops, and stuffed animals for child and adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team’s (FACT) mission is to address the unique needs of abused children and adults. They offer expert medical evaluation and forensic evidence collection for victims of sexual and domestic violence. This year alone, FACT has provided care to over 200 adults and children from Fairfax County. In 2016, FACT had 109 adult sexual assault cases, 96 child sexual abuse cases, 34 domestic violence exams, and 3 child abuse cases. Furthermore, FACT handles other jurisdictions and had 696 additional cases in 2016.
Oftentimes victims of sexual assault must give all their clothing to the police as evidence during an investigation. As a result, victims will often wear hospital gowns when leaving the hospital because replacement clothes are rarely available. This can be distressing in an already traumatic situation. Victims are in need of clothing to wear after they are discharged and able to go home or to a shelter.
Victim advocates and hospitals provide clothing to victims, but they rely solely on donations from the community. Every donation goes directly to these victims, and it truly does make a difference. It is a compassionate way to show support to victims who are in the middle of a traumatic experience. Our hope is that this will help facilitate the recovery process and allow survivors to leave the hospital with dignity and respect.
Please join us on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Patriot Harley-Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA, for Project FACT – a donation drive to benefit child and adult victims of sexual and domestic violence. We are hoping to collect new clothing and non-clothing items (brand new, fresh and clean) to victims of sexual and domestic violence. There will be a live DJ and free BBQ provided by Bayou BBQ for everyone who donates two or more items while supplies last. If you miss the BBQ, you will still receive a coupon for a free sandwich from Mission BBQ.
We hope you all can join us and spread the word! This is just a small part but an important one in preserving their dignity, providing some comfort, and letting them know that somebody cares.