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YWCA, Mayor take stand against sexual assault

Mayor Bill McMurray signed a proclamation marking April 7 as "Start By Believing" day in St. Joseph.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 7:44 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 11:43 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Mayor Bill McMurray signed a proclamation marking April 7 as "Start By Believing" day in St. Joseph. 

The move supported locally by the YWCA, was meant to spread awareness about sexual assault. 

Karla Hamlan, a sexual assault victim's advocate at the YWCA, said the issue isn't talked about enough nationwide, she said some one in America is assaulted every 73 seconds. 

"We just need to get the word out, and believe our survivors," she said. 

April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Hamlan reminds the public that there are resources available to help sexual assault victims at Mosaic Life Care. A local hotline can be reached 24 hours a day at (816) 232-1225.  

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It was a pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid 60s. A cold front moving through the area will bring us down into the 30s for lows overnight with gusty winds up to 20 mph. This will keep our highs in the 50s on Sunday under mostly sunny skies with mild winds from the southwest. Temperatures will quickly start to warm up again on Monday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain chances look to stay minimal into next week. Temperatures are forecasted to stay above average for the first day of December on Wednesday.
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