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Apr 21, 2015 2:36 PM

Red River Theatres in Concord hosts Victims' Rights Day


CONCORD - Red River Theatres was host to Victims' Rights Day and its supporters Tuesday.

“As a child I was sexually abused by my friend’s cousin, and when the crime happened I was 12," said Melanie (who could not give her last name). "The guy who did it was 17, so he was a teenager and he also assaulted my friend the same day.”

Melanie works as an advocate for violent crimes with AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.

"You know trying to put on that face in school when you’re trying to be like all the other kids but you have this burden that was placed on you by someone else," Melanie said.

One in four N.H. women have been sexually assaulted - and this week, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is close to her heart.

"For me, speaking about the issues, getting involved and sharing my story - and maybe getting a little vulnerable and put a face and name to the issue - helps,” she said.


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