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This Utah assault survivor started an online clothing shop. Now she donates 15 percent of her earnin

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This Utah assault survivor started an online clothing shop. Now she donates 15 percent of her earnin

Becca Paxman boxes up clothing and jewelry for a customer at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

This Utah assault survivor started an online clothing shop. Now she donates 15 percent of her earnin

Becca Paxman boxes up clothing and jewelry for a customer at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

This Utah assault survivor started an online clothing shop. Now she donates 15 percent of her earnin

Becca Paxman is photographed at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

This Utah assault survivor started an online clothing shop. Now she donates 15 percent of her earnin

Becca Paxman boxes up clothing and jewelry for a customer at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS —When Becca Paxman launched her online clothing shop in April, she didn't know what to expect.

Not only was she selling clothes, she was opening up about a deeply personal experience in the hope of helping others.

"I just wanted them to know, 'Hey, this is my story. This happened to me,'" Paxman explained during a recent interview in her Cottonwood Heights apartment.

She shared her story on the website of her store, Havenly Creations Co., explaining why she plans to donate 15 percent of proceeds to victim advocates.

Becky Paxman boxes up clothing and jewelry for a customer at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Becky Paxman boxes up clothing and jewelry for a customer at her home in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, April 26, 2019. Paxman, a survivor of sexual assault, has launched an online clothing shop and donates 15 percent of her earnings to victim advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime.

In October 2017, Paxman said she matched with a man on a dating app and they met at her work, a public place "which I thought would be safe."

But soon after he got her alone in his vehicle, Paxman recalled, he choked and assaulted her.

The weeks after involved unrelenting fear, reporting the experience to police, and a stay in the University of Utah's Neuropsychiatric Institute, she said. Advocates with the National Center for Victims of Crime helped her through that process.

Paxman later decided that though police may never identify her attacker, whose last name she never learned, she could allow the experience to drive her to help others.

Health department statistics show that 1 in 3 Utah women will experience some form of sexual violence during their lives. In addition, 1 in 8 Utah women and 1 in 50 Utah men will be raped. Sexual violence costs Utah billions of dollars every year.

And online dating has changed the landscape when it comes to dating violence.

According to Pew Research Center, 45 percent of those who use online dating apps and websites believe that it is a "more dangerous way" to meet people than traditional methods.

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