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More than 30 of Bill Cosby's accusers posed for the cover of New York Magazine, as part of a feature on sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

The cover is reaching millions, and Safe Alliance in Charlotte believes its strong message will encourage sexual assault victims across the country to come forward.

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As her nomination form for the Mecklenburg County Bar's Young Lawyer of the Year award states, Lauren Lewis "seldom just joins anything."

But the 33-year-old attorney has had a significant effect on the organizations she has joined.

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Wilson was joined by former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith this morning on Rising. The Steve Smith Family Foundation is holding a bowling event to help strike out domestic violence.

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The Greg Hardy trial was one of the most anticipated court cases to come to Mecklenburg County over the past few years.

A celebrated Carolina Panther versus Nicole Holder, a former girlfriend who looks like a model.

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The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office said it will continue to seek justice for domestic violence victims, but some advocates worry dismissing the charges against Carolina Panthers player Greg Hardy sends the wrong message to other accusers.

The day jury selection was set to begin in Hardy's domestic violence trial, the charges were dismissed.

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Prosecutors say they couldn't find their key witness in the case against Greg Hardy.

In front of a packed courtroom, the Panthers defensive end showed little emotion as District Attorney Andrew Murray dismissed the charges. Murray told the judge that without testimony from Hardy's ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, the trial couldn't go forward. The court session lasted less than five minutes.

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Advocates for victims of domestic violence said Monday that the Greg Hardy case illustrates one of the most vexing problems facing the movement overcoming victims' fears about testifying.

Hardy's case was dismissed when prosecutors were unable to subpoena Nicole Holder, who accused the Carolina Panthers defensive end of attacking her during a squabble at his uptown condo in May. Before vanishing, she told prosecutors she did not want to testify in a second trial after Hardy appealed his earlier conviction.

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Prosecutors have dismissed domestic violence charges against Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy after they said the accuser in the case couldn't be found.

Hardy's appeal in the case was set to begin Monday but District Attorney Andrew Murray asked for the case to be dismissed in court, stating accuser Nicole Holder has been unavailable to talk to them.

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A chilling, first-of-its-kind PSA is set to air during the Super Bowl Sunday night, raising awareness of domestic violence. The NFL teamed up with the No More campaign to make the minute-long spot.

It depicts a woman calling 911 and asking to order a pizza. The dispatcher eventually deducts she is in trouble but cannot say as much, because her attacker is in the home. The PSA is based on a real-life cry for help.

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Shain Gallery is the featured gallery for this annual art auction benefiting the nonprofit Safe Alliance's domestic violence programs.

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The annual Art With Heart event has been a key fundraiser for Safe Alliance for more than a decade, but organizers say its mission of helping survivors of abuse is more timely than ever.

Now in its 15th year, the annual event has raised roughly $1 million to support victims of domestic, child and sexual abuse.

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The 15th Annual Art With Heart Auction will showcase some of the nation's most talented artists and provide important funding to assist women and children in crisis. The event will be hosted by Safe Alliance board member Erica Bryant of WSOC-TV.  Co-chairs of the event auction are Emily Netzel and Savannah Solomon. The event has raised over one million dollars for Safe Alliance over the past decade.

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