TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One in five women and one in 67 men will experience rape or attempted rape in their lives.
Those are disturbing numbers. That’s why Refuge House works around the clock to help sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
Every year, Refuge House hosts their Sexual Assault Awareness Month Speak Out.
The Speak Out brings in survivors to tell their stories as well as offering intervention training and other ways to address abuse.
Last year, Refuge House received over 500 calls about sexual violence.
Taylor Novak, Refuge House Community Education and Training Program Director, said that giving people the opportunity to speak openly is a helpful tool for recovery.
“If they’ve had their power taken by an abuser or perpetrator,” said Novak. “If we as a community can give them a platform to use their power to tell their story and for us to listen and believe them, a lot of that can be not only healing, but encouraging for the work going forward.”
Thursday’s speak out is happening at the Tallahassee Community College’s Workforce Development Center and it begins at 6:00 p.m.