April 12, 2012
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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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.