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Raising awareness of sexual assault

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The Sexual Assault Response Center is spending this week raising awareness for the cause they advocate for everyday.

Supporters have put up several projects around the Tri-Cities. At Columbia Basin College, they have the Clothesline Project. It's a line of tee-shirts with messages written on them. They are all decorated by survivors of sexual violence.

Last year the SARC served 370 people who spoke up about the abuse. Workers say they hope after more people see the shirts they will ask for help if they have been abused.

Sondra Dixon with SARC says, "I always think that hearing other people speak out gives certain other individuals the courage to do so themselves. They maybe see that it's accepted and appreciated."

The display is an important visual reminder of how often abuse occurs and the effects abuse has on the victim, their family and our community.

The Clothesline Project is just one of the community awareness campaigns that the response center is doing during April. But as the month goes on you can expect to see more events in the Tri-Cities.