Sexual Assault Awareness - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Sexual Assault Awareness

Posted: Updated:

Kenmare Safety Coalition partnered with The Domestic Violence Crisis Center today, to raise awareness of sexual assault in our communities.

Sandy Madsen was raped by a stranger in her home nearly twenty years ago. Since then she has been on a mission-- representing herself and other survivors, to encourage dialogue and empowerment.

(Sandy Madsen, Survivor and Author) "You can do something about it, and not be afraid to talk. Like I said, I was not left with shame or guilt. My whole mission, I believe, is to go out and empower other women --I feel very empowered-- But I want to give them the power to talk because the more you talk about it, the more people are going to get caught. They cannot... don't feel ashamed."

Sergeant Laura Forbes of the Ward County Sheriffs Department was among the medical professionals and clergy in attendance at the conference. Forbes says the department can apply what they have learned from Madsen.

(Sergeant Laura Forbes, Ward County Sheriffs Department) "What I am taking away with this is how to turn around and help our deputies understand when you're dealing with a victim, how to treat them, so that they feel comfortable, and they don't feel like we don't really care. We want to get down to their level and to make sure that we do understand and that we do care and what's happening to them and we do want to find the perpetrator that did this."

Sergeant Forbes also asks any survivors to reach out to law enforcement or the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • ATV in River

    ATV in River

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:57:44 GMT
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
    Rescue crews fished a four-wheeler out of the Mouse River today.
  • Searching for Teachers

    Searching for Teachers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:57:05 GMT
    Preliminary enrollment numbers for Williston Public Schools are about 100 students higher than the start of last school year --- and officials expect that to double by the first day of school.
    Preliminary enrollment numbers for Williston Public Schools are about 100 students higher than the start of last school year --- and officials expect that to double by the first day of school.
  • Teachers Wrap Up Writing Institute

    Teachers Wrap Up Writing Institute

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:09 GMT
    Even though school is out for the summer, teachers from all over the region have spent the better part of July preparing for next school year through the Northern Plains Writing Project program.
    Even though school is out for the summer, teachers from all over the region have spent the better part of July preparing for next school year through the Northern Plains Writing Project program.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.