Fear 2 Freedom raises awareness, brings hope and healing
Radford University is partnering for the fifth consecutive year with the global nonprofit Fear 2 Freedom (F2F) to elevate campus awareness of sexual violence and bring hope and healing to those who have been affected by its trauma.
On Oct. 15 at 6 p.m., the Radford family is encouraged to attend the F2F “Hour 2 Empower” event in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Attendees will hear from F2F Executive Director Tricia Russell and Radford University Vice President for Student Affairs Susan Trageser, Ed.D., as well as representatives from the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.
Following the presentations, volunteers will pack hundreds of recovery kits with sets of clothing, basic toiletries and notes of encouragement, which are intended for victims of sexual violence, who undergo the hospital PERK (physical evidence recovery kit) exam.
Once assembled, the kits will be delivered to Carilion Medical Center in Radford and the Women's Resource Center in Radford.
“We are proud to partner with Fear 2 Freedom for the fifth year to provide aftercare kits to survivors of sexual violence,” said Julie Dill, assistant director of the Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support (SAVES) Services Office. “This event is instrumental in assisting survivors in our community and giving Radford University students the opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence issues, while showing support for survivors.”
Fear to Freedom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 by Rosemary Trible, wife of Christopher Newport University President and former U.S. Senator and Congressman Paul Trible. Rosemary Trible, a survivor of sexual assault, authored a book titled "Fear to Freedom," in which she accounts her journey to freedom from her tragic experience, through forgiveness and sharing her story with others. F2F's mission is to redeem and restore those wounded by sexual assault, bring them hope and healing and change the cultural understanding of this issue by empowering and educating college students.
In addition to SAVES, Radford University’s ongoing partnership with F2F is sponsored by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV and Carilion Medical Center.