• SUNY's Got Your Back

  • SUNY's Got Your Back

SUNY's Got Your Back

SUNY’s Got Your Back provides the opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members from across the state to create comfort kits for victims and survivors of violence, and to learn methods of better preventing and responding to violence, as together we work to build a New York where these bags are no longer needed.

Every day in New York, adults and children seek assistance from hospitals, rape crisis, and domestic violence shelters. Often they come in with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Money that shelters and other response organizations spend on personal care items is money that they are not spending on other crucial costs.

Many SUNY colleges in the past ran programs to collect comfort bags – bags filled with personal care items one would need when they arrive at a shelter or hospital. Starting on April 4, 2016, SUNY’s Got Your Back has taken that work to scale. Teaming with the Office of Victim Services, The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), The New York City Alliance, State Police and others, the SUNY Title IX Coordinators Association (STIXCA) and many partners have assembled bags at every SUNY campus and at PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions events in New York State.

We are deeply grateful to the PGA TOUR for its partnership in providing comfort bags to victims of violence, and helping us to educate thousands of PGA TOUR attendees on the need to prevent violence.

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A chart showing the number of bags filled for SUNY's Got Your Back
More than 25,000 bags so far!
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Girls hold up the SUNY's Got Your Back bags after filling them with supplies.

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SUNY's Got Your Back bags stacked on table.