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Conference at the Tucson Convention Center brings survivors and experts together

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 20:15:42-04

For one weekend survivors of sexual abuse and experts in working with survivors met under the same roof to continue the conversation about the #MeToo movement and how survivors can talk about their trauma. 

Rachel Grant was one of the guest speakers at the conference. She says her passion for supporting men and women who have experienced sexual abuse began when she was a little girl. 

"My journey began when I was 10 and I was sexually abused by my grandfather and then through my teen years and my twenties I was pretty much in that place where I didn't want to talk about and I didn't want to deal with the trauma."

For that reason, Grant says one of the most important steps survivors can take is to talk about it. 

Sirena Andrea was also a guest speaker and says her experience revolves around listening to women's stories about their trauma. 

"The objective of this conference is to open up a conversation about what we need to do as a community to self-sooth ourselves so when we share we're not coming from rage and anger, but also to validate what's actually happening to us and whether we are sad, angry or in grief." 

Below is one of the links for survivors to refer to if needed.

The conference will resume Sunday morning at the convention center at 9:30.