The Women’s Wisdom Initiative provides unique hospital bags for survivors of sexual assault. Each bag comes with an original handmade Traveling Postcard enabling voices of compassion and empathy to travel where they are needed most.


  • With your help we are able to donate our bags to rape crises centers for free.

    Add your voice to this growing movement of solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Donate a bag to a survivor and get one for yourself or a friend at the same time! We never want our bags to become a stigma of rape so we encourage anyone who supports gender equality to carry one.

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What is a hospital bag?

In the US, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. After an attack, a survivor must go through a sexual assault forensic exam or “rape kit” in order to help prosecute an attacker. This is a battery of tests and information collecting that is necessary but invasive. Sometimes she cannot shower, use the restroom, comb her hair, or change her clothes for up to four hours.

Fortunately, advocates from rape crisis centers across the US are on hand to help these women through the ordeal and can sometimes provide a small, plastic bag with information and clean clothing.  This is called a Hospital Bag.

We have learned that only 1-4 rape crises centers can afford to distribute ‘hospital bags’.  Typically generic in scope and usually plastic, these hospital bags are a useful but utilitarian item. We think survivors deserve better!

 

Sexual Assault Advocate, Northern California

“After a long and invasive SART exam, the survivor stood slowly from the hospital bed and prepared to get dressed. As her advocate, I was bringing a change of clothes and brought her the items in a Traveling Heart Bag. Her eyes widened as she saw the beautiful fabric bag. I explained it was hers and that it contained her clothes, personal items and a postcard made for her with a message of healing and hope. I told her that the bag and the postcard were created by hand by a person she had never met but that wanted her to know she was not alone. She stopped, made eye contact and took the bag. She began to cry in earnest, moved by the fact that people she would never meet wanted her to feel cared about. “