ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and in St. George the community is rallying to help. They've already collected 120 bras for women in need.
“I’ve already been just overwhelmed emotionally with seeing how many people have stepped up and brought in things to donate," said Emily Havens, 'Support the Girls' Southern Utah Affiliate.
Hundreds of bras and feminine hygiene products are Havens goal.
“We’re gathering all these items and we’re donating them to the local Dove Center here, the women's Shelter," said Havens.
“At the Dove Center we do have women that are feeling domestic violence or maybe have had sexual assault and they need things, they need clothing, they need feminine supplies, they need hygiene kits, and graciously the community here has been so generous, they continually give," said Amber Murray Community Outreach Coordinator at the Dove Center.
In Utah, sexual assault statistics are startling.
“One in three women will be a victim of sexual assault in her lifetime," said Havens.
“Rape is the only violent crime in Utah that exceeds the national average," said Murray.
“You see these affluent neighborhoods popping up, or you see all this new development going on, or this booming economy and things like that, but underneath it all, people need to realize things like this happen in our community," said Havens.
Murray says volunteers are always needed at the Dove Center, and supplies are needed year round.
“We have a wish list on our website at dovecenter.org," said Murray.
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