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Womens’ Services hosts "Speak Out" Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 25, Tahoe Women’s Services will host “Speak Out Against Sexual Assault” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dragonfly restaurant in downtown Truckee.

The program is part of a month-long effort to raise awareness about sexual assault.

“We hope that this program will help survivors of sexual assault talk about what happened to them,” said Hillary Kleger, a sexual assault prevention manager at Tahoe Women’s Services.

Kleger compares the “speak out” to “take back the night” programs that are usually offered in larger cities.

“We are going to have an open mic, and we’ll open it up to listen to survivors of sexual assault. We’ll also have poetry readings and music,” said Kleger.

The event seeks to inform participants about date rape and other types of sexual assault.

“I think a lot of people think that since we live in Tahoe, crime like this doesn’t happen here,” said Kleger.

“They think this is crime perpetuated by strangers, but they are wrong: 85 percent of all assaults happen from someone the victim knows.”

For more information call Tahoe Women’s Services at 546-7804.

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