BUFFALO, NY - Separate from the Patrick Kane investigation, advocates for victims of sexual abuse have a message for victims of abuse.
Experts realize, with the allegation of possible tampering, that victims in other cases may be wary of coming forward and telling their story.
Advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence say the publicity of this case, can create more of a healthy dialogue about these issues. But, all the attention can also open up old wounds, and push victims away making them less likely to come forward.
Experts say there are plenty of resources to rely on. Advocates at Crisis Services in Buffalo, say they have professionals there who will keep the identities of those who come forward confidential. They remind victims that talking about your story doesn't mean you're starting a criminal investigation, it shows that resources are available.
"We can help figure out whats going to be the best course of action for that individual whether this is something that happened to them recently or something that happened to them in the past please don't be deterred," said Robyn Wiktorki-Reynolds, program coordinator for Crisis Services.
Not only is Crisis Services available, but also, police agencies and hospitals have similar confidential resources.
Crisis Services has a 24-hour hotline. Their number is 834-3131.