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Survivors speak out at Davis abuse symposium

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Several students at Davis High School got a chance to hear first-hand accounts from survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

The "Love is Respect" event was held inside the library Monday afternoon.

"Abuse in schools isn't just reported by girls but also boys," former Davis H.S. student and survivor Lynette Carter explained.

Carter, who also goes by the name "Violent Force" was the featured speaker at the symposium.

"I think it's very important for students or anyone to, you know, be aware that there's nothing wrong. They shouldn't be ashamed and to speak out," Carter said.

Carter says her abuse began when she was five-years-old, and it wasn't until she was about 15 that she spoke up about the issue. She says those who experience abuse are encouraged to seek help from a teacher or school counselor.