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Sexual violence in the spotlight after numerous reports of allegations

Numerous reports of public figures facing sexual harassment and assault allegations have put the issue in the spotlight. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Numerous reports of public figures facing sexual harassment and assault allegations have put the issue in the spotlight.

Recently, comedian Louis C.K., politician Roy Moore, actor Kevin Spacey and movie executive Harvey Weinstein have faced allegations of sexual harassment and/or assault.

"It is not always something that is going to feel safe for a survivor to come forward and share that story,” said Kelly Becker, a legal advocate for Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

The allegations have shined a light on the problem and resources for help. Lately, stories of sexual violence have surfaced with the online movement #MeToo.

Becker explained for some people, sharing their story is empowering. For others it triggers pain.

"When they look around and they see all the other people that have experienced this, then they don't feel quite so alone. I think for others, it can be really actually triggering and traumatic for them for people who haven't processed their assaults or the harassment they've experienced."

The legal advocate advises family, friends and people close to a person who has experienced sexual violence to not question or discredit their experience.

"I believe you. I love you. I support you and I'm here for you,” said Becker.

In Ohio, people looking for help can find it by calling a statewide helpline (844)-OHIO-HELP. The state also has 30 rape crisis centers where victims can find help for counseling and other needed services that can be found at this website.

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