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      YWCA observes Sexual Assault Awareness month

      As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month a local organization is telling women, ??It's time to talk about it.?? The YWCA of Greater Flint invited the community to the Speak up, Speak out event Monday to empower victims and survivors to fight back against sexual assault.

      Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) talked about the recently reauthorized Violence Against Women Act. The new version of the law also protects same sex couples, undocumented workers and tribal residents from sexual assault and also better equips federal, state and local law enforcement to prosecute sexual assault crimes.

      Kildee said, "What we want to do is raise the consciousness of those who are out there to demonstrate that there really are ways to report the crimes and find justice and support.??

      Sexual assault survivor Crystal Turner also shared her story through poetry and a personal testimony.

      ??There were a lot of times when I didn't know I could tell anybody, I didn't feel like anybody would believe me,?? Turner said. ??So you know, being able to share my story and having events like this where women can come and share their stories and we just dialogue with each other, it's a safe space,?? she added.

      To report sexual assault, or if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, use the resources below. You can also click on the following links.

      The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)1-800-787-3224 (TTY)http://www.ndvh.org

      The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)www.rainn.org

      National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline Number - Just for teens. You can talk one-on-one with a trained advocate 24/7 who can offer support and connect you to resources.1-866-331-94741-866-331-8453 (TTY)www.loveisrespect.org