U of Maryland fraternity assembles aftercare kits for sexual assault victims

Article by Richard Reeve, ABC7

There’s controlled chaos at the Alpha Tau Omega house at the University of Maryland.

Dozens of fraternity brothers were working like an assembly line, shouting instructions, filling up drawstring bags.

All this, to help victims in need.

The fraternity brothers were spending part of their Sunday afternoon, lining up to put together aftercare kits for victims of sexual assault.

“We’re trying to let each victim know that we’re here and we support them,” said Russell McBride, a Maryland senior.

The kits contain clean clothing and toiletries like hair brushes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Also in each bag are cards with a phone number for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

The collection effort and the work behind it did not go unnoticed by other students.

“I think that is very thoughtful,” said Jasmin Craven, a freshman. “Especially because people are in these terrible situations. Having that support I think is really important.”

Each kit also contains a special, handwritten note.