The Alabama Coalition Against Rape was awarded the grant to provide community awareness programs. Funding also will be used to help operate 14 sexual assault service programs in Alabama.
Based in Montgomery, the Alabama Coalition Against Rape has provided prevention programs since 1997. The coalition conducts education programs at schools, churches, civic meetings and hospitals.
Victims are taught warning signs, how to avoid potentially dangerous situations, safety tips and where to receive help if an assault does occur. Specialists train law enforcement officers on investigating sexual assaults, interviewing victims and collecting evidence.
The agency also assists local rape crisis center in providing assistance to victims including counseling and court advocacy. The coalition advises local centers on fund raising since all of them rely heavily on local funding.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bentley notified Traci Bynum, coalition president, that the grant had been approved.