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Crime victims come together in Owensboro

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

What would you do first if your life was suddenly impacted by violence, rape, or some other crime?

The Daviess County Attorney's Office held a special event on Tuesday so all victims would know their rights and where to go for help.

Jill Ward is a survivor of numerous sexual assaults that started in early childhood. She came to Tuesday's 'Crime Victims Rally' in Owensboro to give a voice to sexual assault.

"Sexual assault happens to a lot of people and when you think you have no one...you have someone, but a lot of people aren't aware who they can see or where they can go for help," said Jill Ward a volunteer advocate with New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services.

More than 100 people listened as Jill talked about surviving many sexual assaults throughout her life. She says she wishes she had known about a sexual assault recovery center when she was younger.

"I was silent about it. I was scared of judgement. I feared nobody would believe my story," said Ward.

Ward now works as a volunteer advocate with New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services, a sexual assault recovery center that gives survivors of sexual assault a place to turn to in the recovery of a sexual assault and also to offer court advocacy.

"I really hope that something positive can come out of this for a lot of people...not only to know about New Beginnings, but to learn about the law enforcement, reporting, learn about the prosecution, learn about all the different people you have on your side to stop this," said Ward.

For more information on New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services you can go to www.newbowensboro.org or New Beginnings Facebook page under New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services.

The Crime Victim Assistance office in Owensboro just launched a new web site this week, http://www.daviesskycva.org, and Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/daviesskycva

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