Prosecutor Speaks to Northwest Students on Sexual Assault Prevention

Published 04/10 2014 07:53AM

Updated 04/10 2014 08:01AM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Students at northwest were learning ways to help in the fight against sexual assault Thursday.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker addressed the importance of speaking up in the event of a sexual assault case.

Her theme. 'break the silence,' focused on ways to support victims, and what someone can do if they witness a sexual assault. Peters-Baker said she wants to see a change and hopes her message will spread throughout communities.

"I want to have an environment where [victims] are safe to report crimes that have occurred against them, and I want others to know how to best support them; how can they step in and lend support to a victim."

Peters-Baker has dealt with many sexual assault cases, including being appointed a special prosecutor in a controversial sexual assault case in Maryville.

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