Experts Reach Out to Sexual Assault Victims

Many victims of sexual assault feel uncomfortable coming forward with their experiences. Methodist Hospital wants to change that.

On Thursday, they opened up the discussion on Twitter.

Sexual assault experts from Methodist, Omaha Police, UNO, and well-known victim, Bridget Kelly, used the hashtag #sexualassault to get the word out.

They posted information about resources, talked life after assault and called out misinformation about assault and its victims.

Participants say the chat is an opportunity for everyone to become informed.

Bridget Kelly said, "This is a topic that really should not only exist in the shadows as it often does. It's really important to talk about it so that people aren't alone in what they're dealing with."

Anne Boatright, Methodist Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, said, "Being able to sit around the table like this and reach victims that we really hope to care and treat later down the line is really inspiring for us."

If you were assaulted or know someone who was, you can reach out to the Methodist Sexual Assault Hotline at 402-354-88-99. Someone is available to talk 24/7.

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