Killeen: Families in Crisis provides services to sexual assault victims

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The nonprofit organization Families in Crisis is known for helping those in need in Bell, Coryell and Hamilton counties.

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It has a number of services.

One is helping those who have been sexually assaulted.

The social media phenomenon 'Me Too' has opened doors to sexual assault victims who are speaking out across the nation.

Time Magazine is among those supporting the movement.

Suzanne Armour is the Director of Programs for Families in Crisis.

She wants people to know if they need help their doors are open.

"We offer crisis counseling, we can provide clients with information regarding how to improve or enhance their coping skills after an assault," Armour said.

"We've seen all age groups literally from infants through elderly persons and male and females."

Other services include support groups, a 24-hour hotline and an emergency shelter for those who need to get out of a dangerous situation.

Armour says they've responded to more than 100 cases this year.

In some of those cases, perpetrators were strangers or people the survivor knows.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, more than 300 sexual assault incidents were reported last year in Bell County.

"Being assaulted can really shake up your sense of safety it makes it very hard to trust others,"

"Things that prevent them from reporting the incidents is that they are scared. They won't be believed or that they might be treated differently."

Speaking up is not always easy. It can sometimes take time and courage.

"There are programs all over the country. There are national hotlines," Armour said.

"You're not alone."