Sexual Assault Awareness Month celebrated with balloon release

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Two hundred and ninety teal, and one white, balloon flew through the air over Lufkin Friday morning.

Calling attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The teal balloons represented the number of victims the Family Crisis Center of East Texas helped in the last year, and the white balloon signified the number of victims who didn't come forward.

The center hoped the balloon release would raise public awareness of the continuing problem of sexual assault.

"And we also hope too that it provides the victims a sense of safety and security so that they can see that we're here to support them. That we're not afraid and that they can come forward seek help," said Deidre Ware, Director of Counseling and Grants for the Family Crisis Center.

Folks who attended the balloon release were given literature on sexual assault to pass out around the community.

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