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Stories of abuse shared by survivors, experts at SLC panel

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Salt Lake Community College hosted the Voices of Abuse Tuesday night.

The event aimed to bring attention to the wide spectrum of abuse that people go through, the ways they can recognize it and get help.

News4Utah’s Kim Fisher hosted the panel which featured survivors of child abuse, rape, domestic violence and psychological abuse.

Panelists told their stories of how they eventually got away from their abusers or confronted them.
Thanks to movements like #MeToo and Start By Believing, survivors say they’ve seen a big improvement, but they note there is still a ways to go.

“Tonight I think the big goal for any of us on this panel is to just reach that one person who may not even know they’re being abused right now, or give that person hope that they can move past the abuse,” said Psarah Johnson, panelist.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately
If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Crisis and Information Hotline at Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-421-1100. The Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault (UCASA) reminds people there are 11 community-based sexual violence services in Utah. Click here for locations.

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