MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Coalition Against Rape has been awarded a nearly $400,000 grant to continue its efforts to help sexual assault victims and work to prevent others from falling victim.
Gov. Kay Ivey confirmed the funding Thursday which totals $390,972.
"It is very unfortunate that this crime exists, but we must face the reality that it does and that victims need access to professional aid," Ivey said. "The Alabama Coalition Against Rape and its associate organizations have steadfastly been there to support victims and offer them the services they need to overcome their ordeals."
The nonprofit, made up of more than a dozen agencies, has been working since 1995 to provide legal, medical, and counseling services to victims across the state. It also pushes for laws and public policy regarding sexual abuse and rape.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA, is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.