I asked Suzanne Clarke, Executive Director of Kingman Aid to Abused People in Kingman, Arizona to share her thoughts on the impact your bra donation can have on a victim of abuse. It nearly broke my heart…and filled it with humility. We are so fortunate!
“When asked why are bras so important to a survivor of sexual or domestic violence, the answer varies with each survivor’s individual story. However when an Advocate is asked, the answer is that a bra offered to a survivor brings tears and smiles to their faces. No words are spoken only hugs of gratitude for thinking of such a personal item.
Survivors of sexual assaults, often escape violence with only what they have on, of which is little to nothing. In addition, during Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations, articles of clothing, to include bras and underwear are confiscated by law enforcement for evidence. They are left feeling naked and ashamed.
Domestic violence survivors that enter into the emergency shelter often come with no belongings or income. They feel hopeless, displaced but safe.
Donations from Donate Your Bra For A Cause gives back dignity and pride to many survivors of sexual and domestic violence. With their monthly box of new and gently used bras of various sizes, Kingman Aid to Abused People (KAAP) has the opportunity to provide survivors with bras immediately following a sexual assault examination and/or the morning a woman wakes to ready herself for her new life living among other survivors at the emergency shelter. The women are so overwhelmed with surprise and gratitude for the gift – a gift that is often overlooked as an important part of a women’s daily attire and gives many women a sense of self pride. KAAP is thankful for the partnership with Donate Your Bra For A Cause in an effort to provide each and every survivor of sexual and domestic violence with this simple personal gift that aids in the process of healing.”