abuse survivors

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Domestic violence experts emphasize that a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds in America.  

This weekend, Vera House of Syracuse created a display as part of the Clothesline Project at Destiny Mall honoring survivors of sexual assault and abuse. At the unveiling ceremony this weekend, survivors spoke about their experiences and used their stories to empower others.

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Vera House released its 24th Annual Report to the Community on Wednesday, providing a snapshot of Domestic and Sexual Violence.  The statistics are disturbing. 

In 2012, The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and Syracuse Police Department answered more than 18,300 domestic violence calls combined, leading to more than 2,500 perpetrator arrests.