Last week, Babylon Rotary Club invited VIBS to their weekly meeting at Long Island Yacht Club to enjoy lunch and accept the clubs donation of $2000 of brand new clothing items for their rape crisis centers. Established in 1976, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) has been a pioneer in the domestic violence and rape crisis movements. They work to assist domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking & military trauma.
VIBS has created a comprehensive program of serives to help support victims which include free legal services, counseling, 24 hour hotline & establishment of rape crisis centers. At the suggestion of Rotary Vice President Megan Noble, our club raised money to purchase new clothing items for VIBS rape crisis centers. These centers, embedded within Stony Brook & Good Samaritan Hospitals, are a safe place where sexual assault survivors can receive emergency medical care and have forensic evidence properly collected by specially trained nurses. Many times this means that the rape victim will have to submit every article of clothing they are wearing for evidence.
The donation was a mix of new mens’ and womens’ socks, underwear, t-shirts and sweat pants will be of great comfort to the victims. Anthony Zenkus & Paige Carbone were present to accept the 6 large boxes of donations.