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Sexual assault organization to host conference

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One in three women in Indiana have been sexually assaulted, and 63% of assaults are not reported to police.

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking will host a sexual assault awareness and prevention conference at the end of the month. The theme for this year’s conference is “Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow.”

The conference aims to highlight the history of Rape Crisis Centers in Indiana, provide information to service providers, give attendees updates from the statewide Rape Crisis Center and offer confidentiality training.  

The ICESAHT hosts this event every year with the intention of training service providers across the state on how to respond to victims of sexual assault.  

Attendees can expect to hear from survivor leaders, victims of sex violence who are sharing their experiences to help others. The conference will also consist of a legislative wrap-up panel. 

“We know … that many victims do not come forward because of the shame and blame associated with reporting sex assault,” said President and CEO of ICESAHT, Beth White. “We want to change this to make sure that victims know help is available.” 

The conference takes place April 25-27 via Zoom from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost for the event is free for Rape Crisis Center staff and is $75 for non-Rape Crisis Center attendees. You can register for the conference until April 27, and the link can be accessed here.

Contact staff writer Timoria Cunningham at 317-762-7854 or timoriac@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @_timoriac.

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