U.Va. Alum Raise Money For Sex Assault Advocacy

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Alumni from the University of Virginia are raising money to provide an attorney to sexual assault survivors at the Charlottesville school.

The Sexual Assault Advocacy Fund has raised $31,280 from about 360 people since November through the website CrowdRise.com.

Lisa Richey launched the fund after a Rolling Stone article describing an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house in 2012. The magazine has since apologized for what it calls discrepancies in details of the account.

Local media reports that Richey has been working with Palma Pustilnik, an attorney at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. One idea is to hire an aide to do intake interviews, provide legal information and help with paperwork. Pustilnik represents Jackie, the now third-year student at the heart of the Rolling Stone story.

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