Rape Crisis Center: More survivors empowered to talk about assault

Rape Crisis Center: More survivors...

MADISON, Wis. - The numerous sexual assaults involving high-profile men in entertainment and politics are having a local impact. Hundreds, if not thousands, of women and men are sharing their experience of sexual assault across the world and right here in Dane County.

“I think it's always been effective to be able to hear from other women that you're not alone,” said Erin Thornley-Parisi, the executive director of the Rape Crisis Center. “We’ve been just really trying to leverage that to help people understand that this is an epidemic.”

Thornley-Parisi said the center has been very busy lately but not necessarily because more assaults are happening.

“It means that more people are feeling safe to talk,” Thornley-Parisi said.

Officials at the Rape Crisis Center said they are noticing more people calling the rape crisis hotline and especially more people heading to the hospital after an alleged sexual assault. They are also hearing from people who were silent until now.

“We are starting to get some calls with people calling and saying, ‘This happened a really long time ago and I just kind of want to process it,’” Thornley-Parisi said.

You can reach the Rape Crisis Center at 608-251-7273.

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