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YWCA of Kalamazoo marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the YWCA of Kalamazoo is holding several events to spread the word, and also educate people on how they can better prevent sex assault and understand its victims.

The organization's Misty Moon-Larnthridge says that the trauma of a sexual assault lasts a lifetime, and a victim needs to be around people who understand that. They should realize that there can be triggers that bring back memories of the attack, and it's not the kind of thing someone just "gets over."

Among other things, the YWCA is holding a teal ribbon campaign this month...displaying t-shirts decorated by survivors and their families...and talking about rape prevention. Here's a link to a full list of the activities.