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Local support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Local support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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UTICA, N.Y. -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the Mohawk Valley YWCA is working to heal survivors.

Throughout April, the YWCA is holding events to make the community aware of the problem, and to encourage victims to get help.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in five women have been raped in their lifetime.

An estimated 1-in-4 girls and 1-in-6 boys will experience sexual abuse by the time they're 18.

The YWCA provides support services for victims of sexual assault and abuse.

The organization helps offers counseling to victims and helps them navigate the legal system.

One woman, who was helped by the YWCA after being raped, spoke Wednesday.

She wants other victims to understand that they are worth getting help and while it takes time, you can start to heal.

Memphis Brannum, sex assault survivor said, "I guess what I want to let other people know is that it is possible to come back from that. It is possible to feel better. Those feelings are always going to be there. And, I know they that, you know fear sometimes is always there. But, there is hope."

If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has please call the YWCA's 24-hour hotline at (315) 866-4120.

And for more on the services they provide check out this link.

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