NC State grad creates website where sexual assault survivors can share their stories

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NC State grad creates website where sexual assault survivors can share their stories

NC State grad creates website where sexual assault survivors can share their stories


LIFE, THEY MISS A BIG CHANCE OF BROWN IS IN THE DURHAM COUNTY JAIL WITH DALE SET $250,000. AT STATISTIC SHOW EVERY SEVEN 73 SECONDS SOMEONE IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. A COLLEGE STUDENT SAYS HE HAS SEEN THE PAIN OF SEXUAL ASSAULT FIRST AND. HE WAS TO HELP SURVIVORS HEAL. HE SHOWED KELLY KENNEDY HOW HE IS DOING IT. Reporter: COWLINGTON IS AN ENTREPRENEUR. HE IS A TECHIE. HE IS AN NC STATE GRAD. IT GIVES YOU SCALE. IT ALLOWS YOU TO REACH PEOPLE IN THE MOST UNDERSERVED AREAS. IT IS SIMPLY BY GIVING THEM A PLACE ONLINE THEY CAN GO. Reporter: THAT IS WHAT HE AND HIS FRIENDS SET OUT TO CREATE. ONE OF MY FRIENDS THAT I WAS CLOSE WITH EXPERIENCED A CASE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE. AT THE TIME, I WANTED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW I COULD SUPPORT THAT PERSON. Reporter: HE WANTED TO COME UP WITH THE WAIT FOR SURVIVORS WHO MAYBE WERE NOT READY TO SHARE STORIES PUBLICLY BUT STILL HAVE A SAFE SPACE TO BE HEARD. WE SAID WHAT WE COULD FACILITATE AND CREATE A SPACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN ANONYMOUSLY SHARE THEIR STORY AND CONNECTING WITH OTHER RESOURCES LIKE LOCAL RAPE CRISIS CENTERS. WE FOUND IN OUR SURVEYS THAT TWO THIRDS OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO SHARE THEIR STORIES WANTED TO DO IT ANONYMOUSLY. Reporter: SO THE NONPROFIT WAS BORN. ALMOST EVERY PERSON WHO SHARED THEIR STORY, WHETHER IN PERSON OR PUBLICLY, OR VIA THE PLATFORM HAS TOLD US I HAD THE WORST THING IN MY LIFE HAPPENED TO ME. I WANT SOME GOOD TO COME FROM IT. I WANT TO HELP SOMEBODY. Reporter: THE WEBSITE IS A SAFE PLACE WHERE SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS CAN ANONYMOUSLY SHARE STORIES. WE HAVE A MILITARY POPULATION. MILITARY COMMUNITIES. LGBTQ I. TRANSGENDER COMMUNITIES ARE HIGHLY AFFECTED AND NOT SERVED IN A TRADITIONAL CAPACITY. IF WE CAN INCREASE ACCESS A SOMETHING LIKE OURS, AND CONNECT THEM EARLIER, WE CAN SUPPORT THE WIDEST BREATH OF USERS POSSIBLE. Reporter: HE SAYS THEY CHECK STORIES BEFORE THEY ARE POSTED TO MAKE SURE IDENTIFIABLE

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