Close to home: Responding to sexual assault in our community

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At least 1 in 4 women are raped by the time she turns 44, according to a 2017 data analysis from researchers at the University of Michigan. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. These statistics apply not only to those who live in the U.S., they also apply to those who live in La Plata County. This special section includes Durango Herald stories about sexual assault prevention and education efforts being made in La Plata County, as well as columns written by prevention specialists, survivors, supporters, law enforcement and community members.