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Sexual Assault Support Center opens doors to community

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - An organization that has been around Columbus for years, now has a new name and a new home. News Leader Nine found out how the group's ribbon cutting helps them become more accessible to the community.

Since 1981 the Columbus Sexual Assault Support Center has been helping victims of sexual assault and their family members.

"People really don't realize the impact of sexual assault. It is all around us, everywhere so for the community to know we're here is a tremendous thing for us. Victims can know our services are available," said Kyle Bair, the Sexual Assault Support Center's Executive Director.

SASC, formerly known as Columbus Rape Crisis, has an office inside the Medical Center to help victims.

Bair told News Leader Nine, "98 to 99 percent of my victims go to the Medical Center when a sexual assault occurs so we rely heavily on that community support."

Bair says this new building will create more openness for the organization, "This is our first opportunity to have our own building, a place, an identity in the community. Sexual assault is a difficult thing for someone to experience so this lends itself to a confidentiality and ease of accessibility that was not available to us before."

Bair added by cutting the ribbon, they are cutting down barriers for victims in need, "We are here and we are ready to provide services to anyone that needs it."

Sexual Assault Support Center is located at 2027 6th Avenue in Columbus. The organization's hotline number is (706)571-6010.

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