Governor Bentley announces grant, Crisis Services of North Alabama to receive part of the funding

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HUNTSVILLE, AL-  Governor Robert Bentley announced a grant for $303,972 to aid victims of sexual assault. Governor Bentley has a goal to improve services for victims of sexual assault across Alabama and ensure they receive the care they need to heal.

"Trauma changes lives forever, one can heal and survive from it with the proper care," said Crisis Services of North Alabama Development Manager Becky Cecil.

The Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence is using the funding from the Governor to support programs across the state that offer emergency shelter and operate rape crisis centers. In Huntsville, Crisis Services of North Alabama will receive some of that funding. Cecil says knowing the Governor stands behind her organization's efforts is empowering.

"For us it validates what we're doing, this is something very important," said Cecil.

At Crisis Services of North Alabama, the funding from the grant will go towards advocates for adult victims of sexual assault, a vital part of a sexual assault victim's healing.

"To help them not feel alone, to monitor them for signs of distress and then that person will provide them with counseling and follow-up appointments to make sure they're working through their trauma," said Cecil.