This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Gentry Hodnett from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Gentry talked to WCHL about what this means for survivors, who may not be comfortable telling their stories.

“April started being sexual assault awareness month back in 2001. It is a great opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and also educate community on how to prevent it,” Gentry said.

“It also can be a difficult time for some survivors as it may bring up painful memories, but it’s also a time for survivors to feel heard, empowered and supported, which is what we really try to do at the center with sexual assault awareness month.”