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Addressing an Epidemic of Sexual Harassment

Sioux Falls crisis intervention program works with Remedy Brewing to kick off new campaign

“It went fantastic. The staff were so involved, it was a pretty fantastic experience,” said Matt Hastad, CEO of Remedy Brewing in Sioux Falls. The business just held the first ever sexual harassment recognition training this week in Sioux Falls as part of a new initiative to come out of The Compass Center – a local non-profit that provides crisis…

Sioux Falls Police Cracking Down on “Johns”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prostitution may be a bigger problem in Sioux Falls than most people realize. Police were surprised at the number of inquiries they got to an undercover ad, indicating that the demand for prostitution is high in this area. Because of this, police are changing the targets of their undercover investigations. “We know that there are people…

Event to Benefit Survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

As more people feel compelled to come forward with stories of domestic violence or sexual assault, the Compass Center looks to expand the resources available to victims. This next Tuesday, an event to help raise funds for the Sioux Falls non-profit will get underway. It’s the 10th annual “It’s in the Bag” fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February…

Take Back the Night Event Supports Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One in four women fall victim to domestic violence. A Sioux Falls survivor is speaking out on the anniversary of her attack hoping to raise awareness. An empowerment walk kicked off Take Back the Night. It’s an event to support those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “To take back what’s been taken away from them…

Kavanaugh Hearing Prompts Larger Discussion About Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The recent accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have prompted larger conversations about sexual assault. Paula Hawks knows what it’s like to have to relive a traumatic time in her life. “It drudges up memories that you thought you had stowed away for the rest of eternity and now you have to bring it back up…

The Compass Center: “The Power Of One”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An organization serving abuse survivors in the Sioux Empire is holding an annual fundraiser and focusing on the power of each of us have to make change in our communities.   Michelle from the Compass Center joins us with the details on what is going on next month. Categories: Community, KDLT Kitchen Tags: KDLT Kitchen, Sioux…

Sexual Violence Forum Held For Area Universities

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Compass Center is a non-profit organization that helps victims of sexual abuse. They help victims of all ages. Wednesday, January 24th, they wanted to help out another important group. Area college representatives were gathered at the University Center in Sioux Falls. The Compass Center wanted to provide an open dialogue setting where the area colleges discussed…

Compass Center Helping Sexual Assault Victims Speak Out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to court documents the victim in a recent sexual assault case involving USD students told police she was reluctant to report the incident because of potential backlash. Michelle Markgraf at the Compass Center in Sioux Falls says that’s a common feeling among sexual assault survivors. She says that sexual assault often goes undocumented, especially on…

High Profile Case Could Spark Change In Sexual Assault Victims

"What happened to Taylor Swift, happens to a lot of people"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The verdict in a high profile case is receiving a lot of praise. Not only from the mega pop star involved, but other advocates of sexual assault victims. A jury sided with Taylor Swift believing that a Denver DJ slipped his hand up Swift’s skirt and groped her four years ago, during a photo-opp. KDLT’s Sydney…

Health Officials: ‘Stealthing’ A Form of Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- There’s a new dangerous sex trend on the rise that’s alarming health officials. It’s called “stealthing” and some say it should be considered a form of sexual assault. “It definitely has been around and we have talked about it with past clients before,” says Compass Center Assistant Director Michelle Trent. Staff members at the Compass Center have…

Compass Center Hosting “It’s In The Bag” Benefit

The Compass Center in Sioux Falls is a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Since their services are free of charge, the Compass Center holds benefits to fund their efforts, including their “It’s In The Bag” event. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, giveaways and much more. It will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday,…