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Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

Local sex assault victim aims to bring awareness to violence

MANTECA - The SavingStephanie organization will work with the Manteca Police Department to increase sexual assault awareness in our community. SavingStephanie is a sexual assault awareness organization that was founded by sexual assault survivor, Stephanie Braithwaite, 15. She started her own organization, SavingStephanie, to increase community awareness and provide support and referrals to sexual assault victims.

The organization, lead by this courageous young woman, intends to work with the Manteca Police Department and Capt. Charlie Goeken, to carry this message to the community by tying teal colored ribbons to the antennas of all the police department's patrol cars. The ribbon recognizes every person affected by sexual assault and offers a symbol of hope to every survivor on the path to healing. These ribbons will stand as a reminder that sexual violence is everyone’s issue, and that there is hope and support for those affected by it.