The YWCA Amethyst Project has received a generous donation from Century 21 in Lethbridge. In total, $10,465 will be given to help out victims of sexual assault. The Interim CEO of the YWCA, Tracy James, says this money will assist victims in a huge way.
“The Amethyst Project is unique in that it offers a third option. Oftentimes you’ll get two options. The first one being medical support after the assault. The second one will be to get the police involved to start an investigation. The third option is to have evidence collected, which is the forensic sexual assault kit done. Then Amethyst can take possession of that kit and the person has up to a year to decide whether or not they want to go forward.”
“It’s a huge part of our community, the YWCA Amethyst Project. Even just personally I didn’t know enough about it until very recently. That just goes to show how little awareness in our community there is about this organization. You never know who might need the support that they offer. Just doing our small part to keep this program going and fully functioning is the least we can do,” says Communications Manager for Century 21, Hannah Prince.
The third sexual assault kit is $650. The exam and kit will help with forensic evidence during investigations.
A majority of the funds were raised through the Gold Gala fundraiser.