Seminar in Hazard promotes sex abuse awareness
by Bailey Richards
A day dedicated to learning about sexual abuse was recently held at the Hazard Community and Technical College.
The Kentucky River Community Care Rape Crisis Program works to advocate for victims of sexual abuse, and hosted the program on Thursday, which included different seminars. Tammy Cook, a victims advocate for the program, said that the problem is a lot more common than most people expected. While it has long been said that rape is a very under reported crime because of the stigmas that go along with it, it is currently believed that one in four women will be raped during their lifetime.
The rape crisis program and other organizations present at the awareness day work to help women and men come back from the physical and mental abuse that is associated with rape. The Rape Crisis Programs helps women with any legal action and counseling they may need.
They also counsel family and friends on how to help someone they know dealing with sexual abuse.
“In 2010 we served 223 primary clients — that was 92 percent female, eight percent male,” said Tammy Cook.
Cook said that some of the most difficult times for someone who has been a victim of abuse is reintegrating back into life and dealing with the lasting psychological effects. These effects can include isolation, sexual hang ups, and inability to focus. Similar effects can be seen in children that have been abused.
The seminar also focused on the several different kinds of abusers and how they are similar and how they can be spotted. Some abusers are habitual and get some sort of gratification, others are more likely to abuse as the result of a pent up emotional problem, and yet others are angry. Understanding abuse, its frequency and the effects can help those that have not sought help to come forward and begin to deal with their problems.
If you are currently suffering from sexual abuse The Kentucky River Rape Crisis Program or the LKLP Safe House may be able to help. To contact the Rape Crisis Program call 1-800-375-7273 the Safe House can be contacted at 1-800-928-3131.
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