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Malloy encourages sexual assault survivors to seek out resources

September 22, 2018

In a tweet late Friday night, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy reminded Connecticut residents of some of the resources offered to sexual assault victims statewide.

He shared the Twitter handle for the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (@EndSV_CT), an organization that provides free, confidential services around the clock to survivors of sexual violence or assault.

These services and resources can be found at endsexualviolencect.org.

“Each survivor of sexual assault responds differently,” Malloy’s tweet said. “Your emotions are valid. You are not to blame for what happened.”

And the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence website backed up his tweet, stating that victims of sexual assault may feel a variety of emotions, including but not limited to: anger, guilt, fear, embarrassment, depression, denial, shame and disbelief.

For help, survivors can call 1-888-999-5545 (or 1-888-568-8332 for Spanish speakers).

Those who call the statewide hotline will be connected with the nearest sexual assault crisis center. An advocate from the center can accompany a sexual assault victim to hospitals, police departments and courts — if that’s a route the victim chooses to take.

Services are available to any victim regardless of sex, age, race, immigration status, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or religious or spiritual beliefs.

“You do not have to go through this alone,” the alliance’s website said.

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