Rape survivor shares story with UT students

Students at the University of Toledo listen to Liz Securo share her story (courtesy: nbc

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- "There's a time period where most sexual assaults occur and it's normally between 6-8 weeks of a [college] freshman's life," said rape survivor Liz Seccuro.

They call that time frame the red zone and in 1984 Seccuro fell within those 6-8 weeks.

She was drugged, beaten, and gang raped, but didn't receive justice until 20 years later when one of her attackers was arrested and convicted.

On Wednesday evening she spoke with students at the University of Toledo sharing her story as an advocate for victims of sexual assault.

She encouraged victims to speak up and also to document their assaults whether with paperwork or physical evidence such as a rape kit-- even if they decline to press charges.

"Most rapists are repeat offenders," said Seccuro. She encouraged victims that their report could help someone else.

The lecture was one of a series of events, put on by the UT Student Center for Advocacy and Wellness and the YWCA hope Rape Crisis Center,for sexual assault awareness month.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault or know a family member or friend who is a victim and might need confidential help they can call the YWCA HOPE Center Rape Crisis Hotline at (419) 241-7273 or toll free at (866) 557-7273.

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