‘Yes, This Room’ helps abuse survivors to share their stories

Amy Webb
December 25, 2019 - 7:51 pm

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Most people spend the Chistmas season shopping, cooking and having fun with those they love. For others, however, the focus  around the holidays is much more sinister. 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has created an initiative called Yes, This Room. The goal is to help survivors come forward who want to share their story with others. 

Yes, This Room encourages people to talk about their experiences with sexual assault and domestic violence, no matter where they are.  

National domestic violence hotlines show a decrease in calls during the holidays, but see a spike in early January. This means that there are possibly people out there who are thinking about getting help during the holiday season. 

The promotional videos for Yes, This Room show church basements, classrooms, gyms, and other rooms in the hopes of convincing people to bring up the topic of abuse and assault to change what’s happening in the courtroom.

There are many resources available to help those who've been traumatized by sexcual assault and domestic violence and Yes, This Room can help victims get those resources. 

Local help is available through the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and the Wichita Family Crisis Center.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault or needs help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Both are open 24 hours a day. You can also chat with advocates on the organizations’ websites.

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