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Filling A Forgotten Need

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    NEWSLETTERS

    When Lisa Blanchard learned that some victims of sexual assault, after having to surrender their clothing for evidence were sent home in paper hospital gowns, she wanted to do something instantly. What she has accomplished hasn't been instant, but it's pretty darn close. (Published Friday, Mar 22, 2013)

    Lisa Blanchard would like to thank the woman who changed her life.

    If only she knew who she was.

    As Lisa tells the story, three years ago at a women's retreat she struck up a conversation with a woman she didn't know. The question came up: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

    The woman's answer was she would help provide clothing for sexual assault victims who have had to surrender theirs as part of evidence collection. The woman had heard that due to a lack of resources for the state's sexual assault response teams, or SART, victims were sometimes sent home wearing nothing but a paper hospital gown.

    Lisa said she'd love to work on such a project with the woman, but when she tried to follow up, she couldn't locate her.

    Lisa says it turns out the woman wasn't on the roster of attendees. What's more, no one else at the conference knew who she was or even saw Lisa talking to her.

    Lisa suspects that woman might have been an angel. Which is fitting, because that is what some people might call Lisa.

    To see what Lisa has done since that conversation, watch Garvin Thomas' report above.