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DOVES Program offers free training on sexual assault awareness

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April is Sexual Violence Awareness month and members of a western Nebraska program that helps sexual assault victims are having a training on how to recognize signs of unhealthy sexual experiences this month.

DOVES Executive Director Hilary Wasserburger says the free training will take place this Wednesday at the HARMS Center in Scottsbluff.

The purpose is for professionals in the community like counselors, school personnel and law enforcement officials to learn about how trauma affects individuals.

She says sexual assault victims may wait a week or even a year to come forward after an incident. Wasserburger says sometimes a listener's first reaction is to not believe the victim and that shouldn't happen.

"Sexual assault is so pervasive in our community and so often you may be working with someone and not even know their history of sexual assault and understand why they make some of the decisions they make or why they've had some of the experiences that they've had and so I think for all of us we need to have a better understanding of that," said Wasserburger.

Anyone interested in attending the April 23rd training may contact the DOVES program.

The DOVES program serves victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence and stalking throughout nine counties in western Nebraska.

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