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Students 'Rising Up Against Sexual Violence'

Brooke Axtell

A survivor of sexual assault and human trafficking will share her story with students in the Quad Cities this week. Brooke Axtell spoke about sexual violence at this year's Grammy Awards, and on Thursday, will be on Augustana College's campus.

Becky Lorentzen, from Family Resources, says as a child, Axtell was trafficked by her nanny, and also suffered from an abusive relationship as an adult. She addresses both issues as a speaker and writer.

And Lorentzen says Axtell's story is all too common.

And, it's important for college students to be aware of all forms of sexual violence.

She says many college students don't know where to turn for help.

SafePath Survivor Resources serves victims of sexual violence in six local counties. Lorentzen says last year, it served over 424 rape and sexual assault victims. 139 of those victims were under the age of 18, and 48 were males. SafePath also responded to nearly 700 sexual assault crisis calls. 

Axtell will talk about human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence at 6:30 pm Thursday, in Augustana's Hanson Hall of Science. The event is free and open to the public.