”In Steubenville, that terrible thing was raised through people knowing what happened,” she said. “This was raised through awareness and this is a positive. The kids were really into it and this is positive, and we’re excited about that.”
Wright said she hopes the event not only gives a voice to those who have been affected by sexual assault or abuse but also those who can help them. She said the most important thing a person can do to help is listen.
”If someone comes to you and tells you that they have been assaulted, the No. 1 most important thing to do is believe them,” she said. “If you don’t, they’re more likely to never tell anyone again and they’ll just sit in silence with it.”
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