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Southwest Crisis Center issues statement on Hamilton allegations

Below is a statement from the Southwest Crisis Center in Worthington. WORTHINGTON -- The news of unwanted sexual contact by Representative Rod Hamilton leaves us heartbroken for the woman who came forward. We at the Southwest Crisis Center have l...

Below is a statement from the Southwest Crisis Center in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON - The news of unwanted sexual contact by Representative Rod Hamilton leaves us heartbroken for the woman who came forward.

We at the Southwest Crisis Center have looked to Representative Hamilton as a leader in the legislature to champion laws to support individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence. This episode, involving a person of considerable influence, demonstrates that this issue is not defined by race, occupation, economic means, or public involvement.

Whatever the outcome of this investigation, we have always, and will continue to support survivors. Sexual violence is a broad term and includes rape, incest, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sexual harassment, exposure and voyeurism, and in this situation – unwanted sexual contact. Sexual violence happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, professions, incomes, and ethnicities.

We at the Southwest Crisis Center believe the voices of survivors who choose to come forward and share their difficult stories and encourage others to raise their voice toward changing the culture across all communities to end sexual violence.

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On Tuesday, May 1, we invite you to join us at Chautauqua Park in Worthington at 6 p.m. as we support survivors and conclude Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us in solidarity and help us fuel the change needed to end sexual violence once and for all.

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