Rally for crisis center funding held at state Capitol

Rally for crisis center funding held at state Capitol

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Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are teaming up to get their voices heard at the state Capitol.

They rallied on the south steps Friday afternoon to demand full funding for violence shelters and rape crisis centers.

Members of the "Texas Council on Family Violence" and the "Texas Association Against Sexual Assault" are addressing lawmakers to make any cuts to these services.

A couple of them are already on board--Rep. Dawnna Dukes from Austin and Rep. John Otto of Dayton.

A few survivors of these types of crimes shared their experiences.

"Without the women's center I wouldn't be here today," said Lorin Leatherwood, a victim of sexual assault. "One of the things that was the most influential for me was group therapy at the women's center."

"I stayed 60 days in a confidential shelter, in that 60 days they helped me get a DL, social security card, find an apartment, they helped me do a resume, get my life back, get back in the world," said domestic violence survivor Stephanie Bluth.

Funding for shelters and crisis centers wasn't cut during the last session, and these advocates don't want to lose that money this time around either.

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