Second Bloom here to assist victims of sexual assault

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The writer is chairperson of Second Bloom’s board of directors.

To the Editor:

I read with interest the report of a sexual assault investigation being conducted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (“Personal trainer accused of sexual assault,” Nov. 18-24 edition). I am glad they have been able to arrest and charge the alleged perpetrator, Albert Karali, made possible by two courageous victim/survivors coming forward with reports.

In the article the Sheriff’s Office requests other victims to contact them, specifically about this case or just in general. It is very important to note that the decision to report or not report a sexual assault to anyone is an extremely difficult decision for a victim, especially complex when considering whether to report to law enforcement. Yet we know that reporting could possibly help to stop future rapes. (MANY rapists have more than one, if not many victims.)

I feel like an important piece of information was omitted. It is possible to make an anonymous report. Yes, even anonymous reports are helpful to law enforcement.

You do not have to struggle with such decisions alone. Second Bloom of Chatham has trained staff and volunteers available 24/7. We can help you understand all options and sort through your feelings and decisions. And we will always support you and any decisions you make. All communications and services are confidential. Call us anytime at 919-545-0055; of course, you can also remain anonymous to us, if you choose. Or if you wish, you can make an apponitment to come to our office at 14 Small St. in Pittsboro. We’re open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Se habla español.

Jo Sanders
Pittsboro

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