The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is grateful for the recent donation of $2,424 from The Order of Claw & Dagger. In its accompanying letter, the group attributes the reason for the gift as recognition of the Center’s “significant infrastructure” and “tireless work.”

The letter continued by elaborating on what the Center has developed over time in support of survivors, namely students at U.Va. The Order of Claw & Dagger is hopeful that the Women’s Center will continue its efforts and create a lasting impact on the community.

“Beyond simply speaking out and raising awareness, you have created a support structure to help sexual assault survivors and others impacted by these terrible acts. By directly counseling survivors, empowering the network around potential victims and emboldening new student leaders to step forward, you make a meaningful difference in both preventing sexual assault and heartening those affected by it.”

Founded in 2006, The Order of Claw & Dagger is yet another secret society at U.Va. The group “seeks to unite those individuals among the McIntire School of Commerce who best exemplify its founding tenants of Honor, Excellence, and Humility,” according to an article in U.Va. Magazine. In the article, an anonymous McIntire School alumnus describes the mission of the group and how members find out they are chosen. They serve as “stewards of the McIntire School of Commerce, defending its interests, contributing resources and furthering its standing.” Members of The Order of Claw & Dagger are tapped as students and continue their service as alumni.

The Women’s Center was the recipient of a gift from another secret society at U.Va. recently. The Seven Society awarded $37,777 in March to fund programming that works toward preventing sexual and interpersonal violence.

The Center received funding from the Provost’s Office earlier this school year to hire a coordinator for outreach and education for its Gender Violence and Social Change program. But until March 30, there was no money designated for programming.

Rashona Sharpless began working as the new coordinator at the Center in mid-April.

The letter from the Claw & Dagger concluded with stating the need of continual support of the work of the Center.

“While the public spotlight can occasionally spark a community-wide discussion on sexual assault, we recognize that the Women’s Center fights a constant battle and has an ongoing need for additional resources and funding.”

Story by Agnes Filipowski