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Editor:

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, our awareness project is using art as part of the healing process. Friends, family members and survivors of sexual violence designed messages on T-shirts by using their voices as an educational and healing tool to let the community know that “It Is Time…To Talk About It.” These uniquely decorated T-shirts will be displayed on a clothesline and can be viewed in various locations around the community. This project allows our communities to openly and honestly examine what is happening every day to people we know and love.

During this month, the Family Crisis Center wishes to acknowledge the strength of survivors of sexual violence, their courage and the struggles they face in the healing process. The Center is asking for your help in raising awareness about sexual violence. Research by the National Sexual Assault Resource Center indicates that one in five women and one in 71 men report that they have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

The Family Crisis Center envisions a safe community built on equality without the existence of violence. The Center provides a 24-hour crisis hotline (888-311-7755), advocacy, emergency shelter, supportive housing and counseling services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. For more information about the center and the services offered, call 512-321-7730 or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.

Thank you for supporting the efforts to bring information about sexual assault to the community.

Debby Hall

Community Outreach Specialist

Family Crisis Center

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