LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The recent increase in sexual assault and abuse reporting across the country is also impacting La Crosse.
Gundersen Health System's sexual abuse counseling program has helped survivors from all over the state with the beginning of the #MeToo movement. The free program is able to offer counseling and support through the 'Victim of Crime' act and 'Sexual Assault Victim Services' grant.
One Gundersen therapist says the #MeToo movement can help survivors feel more comfortable coming forward with their stories.
"It can be very empowering to have so many people join together in a supportive way for each other, to speak all the things that have happened,” said Gundersen Health System’s Counseling and Support Psycho-Therapist Rhonda Bryhn.
Gundersen's therapist says these movements can have negative effects as well, most often reminding survivors of the assaults against them.
You can find help through these resources:
- New Horizons
- Great Rivers 2-1-1
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
- Love is Respect
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