It Happened to Alexa Foundation

It Happened to Alexa Foundation Tom and Stacey Branchini--the founders--and their fellow board members intend to assist rape victims and their families by easing the financial burden they face while traveling to attend the criminal trial.
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09/03/2019
Expo68LLC

Check out this great event THIS SATURDAY! Portion of the proceeds to help us help survivors!!

A creative collective supporting local artists, photographers, designers and business. Located in the Eastern Hills Mall near JC Penney there is ample parking and easy accessibility. We host monthly art exhibitions by local artist.

07/10/2019

Let us know if you have any empty baskets. We have a lot of great things to put in them!!!
BUFFALO'S BIGGEST BASKET RAFFLE!

Amazing coverage of our Comfort Kit Drive! We created 129  kits that will be split amongst ECMC, the Buffalo Chapter of ...
04/30/2019
News 4 WIVB Buffalo

Amazing coverage of our Comfort Kit Drive! We created 129 kits that will be split amongst ECMC, the Buffalo Chapter of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Cattaraugus Community Action Org that helps survivors in the southern tier!

A month-long effort to help victims of sexual assault in Western New York came to a head as volunteers put together comfort kits this weekend.
https://bit.ly/2LjisVs

With #SAAM winding down, we want to give you something that you can practice everyday - self care!Self-care after a trau...
04/29/2019
Self Care After Trauma | RAINN

With #SAAM winding down, we want to give you something that you can practice everyday - self care!

Self-care after a traumatic experience is crucial in recovery. Encourage your loved ones to practice self care, even if they have not experienced trauma.

https://rainn.org/articles/self-care-after-trauma

Share this post, so that people on your timeline know where to go for self care tips after trauma. (Chances are someone needs it whether you know it or not)

Whether it happened recently or years ago, self care can help you cope with the short- and long-term effects of a trauma like sexual assault.

Today's #SAAM fact:Revenge porn and the distribution of someone else's explicit photos without their consent is a form o...
04/27/2019
‘Revenge Porn’ Law Finally Passes in New York

Today's #SAAM fact:

Revenge porn and the distribution of someone else's explicit photos without their consent is a form of sexual assault. Click the link to see what New York State is doing about it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/nyregion/revenge-porn-law.html?fbclid=IwAR382BQ7dhG0kfx_QLcHbauSssH89IlPRJgbHN4tl2tVPlO6dBilUK6p_ic

New York will become the 42nd state to criminalize the nonconsensual sharing of sexual explicit photos or videos.

04/24/2019

#SAAM fact of the day:

You can call 716-834-3131 at any time of day to be connected to a crisis counselor who can connect you to all the local and national sources you may need.

Program this number into your phone today so you can help a friend when they may need it!

04/21/2019
www.cdc.gov

Here is your #SAAM fact for the day:

Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf)

It is important to remember that sexual assault affects ALL people, and sometimes it affects differnet populations at a higher rate.

So, what can you do about this? Be aware and educate yourself and your friends!

04/20/2019
www.cdc.gov

Today's #SAAM fact:
51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance. (http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf)

Domestic violence and sexual assault do not exist separately, and most times a person is assaulted by someone they know.

One of the best ways to end sexual violence is to end the narrative that sexual assault happens mostly in dark alleys when women are walking alone.

Change that narrative and share this with a friend!

Wow! What an amazing story by Erica Brecher and Channel 4 WIVB on the comfort kit project! Thank you for highlighting ou...
04/12/2019
Sexual assault awareness org. makes 'comfort kits' for WNY victims

Wow! What an amazing story by Erica Brecher and Channel 4 WIVB on the comfort kit project! Thank you for highlighting our program!

Local SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) nurses are thrilled to have "comfort kits" to give to patients. It Happened to Alexa is the local organization collecting the items in comfort kits to make sure local hospitals have them.

Address

726 Exchange St., Suite 820B
Buffalo, NY
14210

General information

When Tom and Stacey Branchini drove their daughter, Alexa, to Boston University in September 1999 to begin her freshman year, the last thing they expected was a call ten days later telling them their daughter had been raped in her dormitory and was in a Boston hospital. Alexa reported the attack immediately to the police, and the rapist was apprehended before he even had a chance to leave campus. Alexa was alive, she was safe, but her life was changed forever. Alexa was one of the few rape victims whose ordeal actually resulted in a trial and the conviction of her assailant. Her family was with her, both psychologically and physically, flying from Buffalo to Massachusetts to support her during a grueling trial. She withstood attempts by the defense to delay the trial, as a tactic to break her will. The family spent 27 days in Boston for the trial, and Alexa persevered. The man who raped her was sentenced to 40-45 years in prison without parole. The Branchinis could not imagine their daughter having to go through the ordeal of a trial alone. Going back to the crime scene, reliving the ordeal in order to prepare for trial, then actually being in the courtroom with the rapist who assaulted her are all too much for anyone to face alone. The Branchini’s support throughout the process was possible only because they could afford the airfare, hotel fees and other expenses incurred when he and his wife traveled to be by Alexa's side. The It Happened to Alexa Foundation was born out of this conviction.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(716) 754-9105

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It happened to me too... it is something u never ever. get over!😪
As an orginization that works with survivors what is your opinion of Sen Heitkamp's manuever?
checking out our new office!! moving in soon!!
I am trying to collect of statistics of sexual assault and rape survivors and their loved ones. I also need some non survivors/loved ones just for statistical purposes. If anyone could take the time to fill it out, I would really appreciate it - and if you wouldn't mind passing it along, I would be super grateful!
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