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Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM 2019+ year ago

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Gender and Intersectional Feminism Committee hosted the second day of a two-day public event on domestic violence awareness, "Stop Domestic Violence: A Community Response," on Wednesday.

The event began at 11 a.m. with a presentation by Brooke Axtell, founder and director of the organization She is Rising. A resident of Austin, Texas, Axtell said she helps survivors of sex trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence heal and become leaders.

Much of Axtell's presentation focused on strategies for identifying warning signs of dating and domestic violence. She said one of the greatest risk factors for someone experiencing domestic violence as an adult is sexual assault before the age of 18.

"The reason why this is such a tremendous vulnerability is because we learn through all forms of abuse, but particularly sexual violence, that our needs, our desires and our boundaries don't matter," Axtell said. "And so, when somebody has a background of previous sexual violence, ...

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