'Take Back the Night' to end domestic violence and sexual assault


    Averett University holds an event to help everyone remember that October is domestic violence and sexual assault awareness month. (WSET)<p>{/p}

    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Averett University hosted an event to help everyone remember that October is domestic violence and sexual assault awareness month.

    Hundreds of students, members of the community and survivors filled the student center for the area's first ever 'Take Back the Night' event.

    It's a night focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Haven of the Dan River Region, which is a nonprofit organization that helps victims, partnered with Averett for the event.

    Survivors told their stories to the audience and told them those who have dealt with domestic violence or sexual assault need to speak up and tell someone what happened to them.

    "Some people are scared, well everybody I know they are scared," Haven staff member Michelle Bush said about people coming forward to tell others about their abuse.

    She said those who have dealt with these issues or are dealing with them currently need to know they don't have to be scared to come forward.

    "They need to come and talk to somebody and talk about their story because in the long-run they are going to help themselves and other people," Bush said.

    There are several resources within Central Virginia for anyone dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault.

    On the Attorney General's website there is a complete list of programs offered throughout the state of Virginia. You can find that list here.

    Also, for your information, here is some court information if you are looking into filing a domestic assault or sexual assault incident.

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