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Tara Shaffer, a sexual assault survivor, speaks to an audience of about 30 people Wednesday night at the Moffat County High School auditorium during a presentation designed to raise awareness and dispel myths about sexual assault. Shaffer, a Steamboat Springs resident, urged teenagers to speak out against sexual violence. “Please tell somebody, anybody, because it’s not just one night of a girl’s life that you’ve ruined by sex assault,” she said. “It’s her life. It’s her whole life.”

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Sexual assault survivors share stories of pain, redemption at Wednesday presentation

Tara Shaffer was on her guard the night long ago that unalterably changed her life. The college freshman heard warnings that a sexual predator was prowling campus. She and a friend vowed to stick together that night as they went to a party. Shaffer believed she would be safe. But her attacker — the man who pushed her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her —wasn’t hiding in the shadows, she said during a presentation Wednesday night at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

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