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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: We Hear a Survivor's Story

April isSexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year marks 18 years of sexual assault-centered activism. According to theNational Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women and one in six men have experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime in America.


There are organizations across Southwest Florida that are working to raise awareness about sexual assault this month. The Punta Gorda-basedCenter for Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc.(C.A.R.E.) is hosting several events that revolve around advocacy, knowledge and self-defense. Wendy J. Silva from C.A.R.E. joins us in the studio to discuss the events, and their importance in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. AndLesley Bartonalso joins us in the studio to share her experience as a sexual assault survivor and advocate.

Find details on events hosted by the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. (C.A.R.E.) here.

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Julie Glenn is the host of Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.