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Shelter Encourages Women to Report Sexual Abuse

On Monday, we shared with you the story of an Endicott woman who came forward on national television to talk about sex abuse.

As we've reported, Holley Angel had her husband Brian arrested for sexually abusing family members and girls in her neighborhood. She says she suspects some of the abuse took place over 11 years. 

Executive director of Rise, an organization that works with domestic abuse victims, says in two thirds of cases the perpetrator is family member of friend of the victim, making it harder for the victim to speak out. 

She says its important for the victim to do what he or she feels is safe, but that it is important to tell someone.

"Perpetrators continue to move on or do more damage possibly to other people.  So it's breaking that fear --it's certainly a good thing.  Psychologically for the victim and helps other people but it's a difficult thing to do," said Rebecca Allerton, Executive Director of RISE.
 
She estimates 60-90 percent of abuse cases aren't reported.

If you are victim of abuse you can call the rise 24 hour hotline at 754-4340

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