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The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is reporting a surge in calls as sexual assault scandals dominate the headlines. While these stories have empowered some, they have also sparked a setback for other survivors still trying to heal.

Jacqueline Pfadt calls herself a survivor, but says its been was a long journey to get here. Years of healing were disrupted in 2013 by the faces of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – the three women who were kidnaped, tortured and held captive by Ariel Castro in his Cleveland home.

“That was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Pfadt.

As it did for her, news stories like that can trigger PTSD symptoms for those whose wounds are not fully healed.

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