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Local activists raise awareness for domestic and sexual abuse victims

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SUPERIOR, WI. -- A community Barbecue took place in Superior Sunday with the goal of raising money and awareness on the impact of domestic and sexual abuse in the Northland that has been further highlighted due to COIVD-19.

Community activists from CASDA gathered in Hammond Park in Superior Sunday afternoon to create a safe place for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

"Right now we are dealing with a lot of domestic/sexual abuse and child abuse due to people being in close quarters with COVID and we really just want to break that cycle and break that chain. We really don't want this to continue and we are trying to slow that rate down," said Waylon J., a local activist.

Trying to slow the rate down, but also making sure survivors know they have a place to go.

"If you're not ready or if you are not comfortable and it's scary, it can be very hard and just to let them know that that they have someone or a place to come to or a group that will accept them and believe them," said Brianna Frank, a local activist.

Over the last several months the coronavirus pandemic has brought a new focus to abusive situations. The funds raised at the barbecue will be used to help victims that need a safe place to go.

"What we are lacking is shelter for these people who are experiencing domestic abuse and often times the cycle continues because they can't leave the situation they are in due to no where to go and then they continue to get abused by whoever they are living with or whatever the case may be," said J.

In an effort to start the conversation to slow the rate of violence and abuse in the Northland.

The event Sunday raised over 480 dollars for CASDA as well as many household items.

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Ryan Compeau

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