Kobe Case Affects Assault Awareness

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

The Women's Community Shelter in Wausau works with sexual assault victims everyday. Counselors there say in cases such as Bryant's, women become discouraged to even report a sexual assault incident.

Officials say after seeing the national attention, they are afraid to divulge private information and fear their character being questioned.

"When they see these cases they say ‘I saw what happened, and I don't want to go through that,’" says Jane Grahams-Jennings, director of Women's Community.

Sexual assault counselors advise victims to report assault incidents to authorities. Other tips include following your gut; if a situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Tell someone, even if you don't report it. Keeping a secret could be harmful in the long run.

Also, call a local help hotline. Wausau's Women's Community is 1-888-665-1234.