The Assault Survivor Kits® program provides personal care items for sexual assault victims seen in hospital emergency rooms. In 2021-2022, our kits were able to provide comfort to 991 sexual assault survivors for women and men. Each kit costs Assistance League of Kansas City approximately $30.00
Since the program began in 1997, 9,829 kits have been distributed. The Assault Survivor Kits are distributed by hospital advocates of MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) when victims present at more than 30 hospitals on both sides of the state line throughout the Kansas City area. The Assault Survivor Kits program provides clothing and personal items to help assault victims, whose garments are retained by police for evidence, to leave the hospital comfortably and with dignity. Assistance League of Kansas City is the only group to provide this service for MOCSA.
Each reusable discreet kit contains pants, a shirt, underwear, hygiene items and the booklet I Know My Options I Have Choices, compiled by MOCSA.
The staff at MOCSA is always grateful for all that Assistance League of Kansas City and the Assault Survivor Kits program do to help their clients. MOCSA says, “There is no other agency that fulfills this need. Thank you so much for all you do in helping us provide the best service we can to survivors of sexual violence.”
A MOCSA volunteer made this comment, “The kits are an important part of the healing process.”
From a survivor: “I am very grateful for the clothes, the police took mine.”
From a survivor: “I like this, it is so nice. The clothes are so comfortable.”
From a survivor: “I’m homeless and had been wearing the same clothes for 5 days before I went to the hospital, so having the clothes in the kit was really nice.”
From a survivor: “I feel like a person again.”
Another survivor stated that she was “very grateful for the toiletries, especially the toothbrush.”