April is sexual assault awareness and prevention month and Carteret County is taking a closer look at how they interact with victims and how they work together in these types of crimes.
Law enforcement, first responders, and others who directly interact with victims of sexual assault were training together at the Morehead City Police Department Thursday afternoon. It's part of the second annual sexual assault awareness workshop.
Gwen Roberts, director of the rape crisis center says this workshop helps them better serve the community. "We're learning how to handle it, we're learning that we need to tell them upfront what is it going to be like, you have some choices you can go here you can go there, so we share this information the person is better served and not feeling so victimized again, once something has been reported."
Roberts hopes highlighting sexual assault awareness and prevention month will encourage people who have been affected by the sexual assault to reach out and get help.