The Rotary club of Williamsburg guest speaker recently was Rosemary Trible, author of her book entitled Fear to Freedom. Mrs. Trible described her journey in forming the global not-for-profit organization "Fear 2 freedom"(F2F). F2F's mission helps "redeem and restore those wounded by sexual assault" and work to "change the cultural understanding" of this issue by empowering college students to "Be the Change" and "Restore the Joy" through what it called their University Campaign. This campaign partners universities with hospitals and community organizations to provide F2F kits that contain essential supplies that meet the immediate physical, emotional and psychological needs of victims after a time of greatest trauma. When a victim of sexual assault goes to the hospital for treatment, or to fulfill the PERK (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit) exam, often their clothes have been kept for evidence. This means that women, men and children leave hospitals in paper scrubs. The F2F kits provide clothing and personal items, a resource card, a journal (or toys if a child), a cuddly soft bear, which is a counseling tool, and a personal note from the volunteer that packaged the kit. In the photo, Williamsburg Rotary club's president-elect Carol Beers (r) presents Mrs. Trible with a certificate of appreciation for her presentation. The certificate states that a book was donated to the Greater Williamsburg library in her honor.
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