On 2/4, our friend survived being taken hostage outside her rental home, raped and robbed by 3 men. The media coverage (which she did not want -- we're trying to extract a silver lining from the fact that it went public) is here and here. Afterward, her face bleeding, she walked back into her home and told her terrified landlord "Don't touch me. I'm evidence."
She could have easily been killed, but she wasn't. We are working to raise $10,000 for the survivor's relocation and long-term recovery support. This fund will go towards the immediate costs of moving from her rental apartment, medical and mental health care bills, any legal fees, and when she's ready, partial down payment on a home. It is our hope, as the victim's friends and family, to help provide her with support and stability during what we know will be a long and difficult path to healing.
This happened in a nice neighborhood of New Orleans to an incredibly savvy, street-smart chick who couldn't possibly have been doing something more ordinary; walking from her car to her own front door. She doesn't need our pity, but she deserves some awesomeness to come out of this insanity from the people who care about her, near and far. Please donate, and remember to raise awareness of and support causes that alleviate sexual violence, in NOLA and beyond.
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 7: You are amazing. All of you. This generous and swift response is beyond our wildest imagining.