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Your Hero: Local woman helping others heal from sexual & domestic violence

Domestic ViolenceSexual AssaultAbusive BehaviorJoint Ventures

A York woman is determined to make a difference; she's fighting sexual & domestic violence with specially designed jewelry. The cause is close to Kate Rush Cook's heart and makes her a FOX43 "Your Hero."

Kate herself is a victim of sexual violence. One of the ways she heals from the pain is by helping others who are dealing with the same trauma. About 8-years ago she purchased a pair of sexual violence awareness earrings from the PA Coalition Against Rape. She wore them all the time, but eventually lost one. After searching for a similar pair, but finding none, she asked a friend who makes jewelry, to embark on a new journey. For the past two months, Kate and her business partner, Sue Brown, have been creating a special line of jewelry; everything from necklaces to anklets, even bookmarks.

There's an important message behind each piece. They're designed with purple beads for domestic violence or teal, symbolizing sexual violence. For Kate, the latter cause is personal.

"In 1993, I was kidnapped & raped and I have a very strong passion for educating people on the topic of sexual violence," Rush Cook says.

"That willingness to give back is the greatest of all things," says Rick Azzaro.

He's Chief Service Officer of ACCESS York and the Victim's Assistance Center, both part of the YWCA of York. Clients at those organizations will benefit from the sale of every piece of jewelry.

"Twenty-five percent from each piece goes back to Victim's Services, that means more to me than making money off of it," Rush Cook says.

"What Kate is doing really translates penny for penny to current victims, whether through tangibles like food & clothing and things like that or additional services," says Azzaro.

Rush Cook says, "Victim Assistance Center is who I went to when I was in crisis after my rape and I want to be able to give back because they gave me a piece of myself back."

Kate Rush Cook & Sue Brown have been selling the jewelry for about two months, both in person and through their website. More than $400.00 has already been raised for Victim's Services in York & Dauphin Counties.

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