Andrews Bridal still feeling effects of 2019 robbery, sexual assault

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The escape and recapture of an inmate has brought back bad memories for the people of Andrews Bridal Shop on Montgomery Highway.

Travis Wilson is the man charged with the robbery and sexual assault of an employee at Andrew’s Bridal Shop last April.

Wilson was due in court in Jackson County when he got away.

When word of his escape spread, it left some people at the shop uneasy.

“The initial feeling was a little bit of concern for sure,” Andrew’s Bridal Manager Martin Andrews said. “I notified the employees.”

Police had Wilson back in custody at 10:30 a.m., but with the incident, people are reminded that a woman suffered an assault.

“She’s doing better; she’s real strong,” Andrews said. “She’s just a strong individual, and she has recovered probably better than I would have.”

Sexual assault or any assault is known to lead to trauma that can affect a person their whole life.

There are treatments that help cope with the trauma.

“Some of the symptoms they do have some different treatments too now,” Exchange Center Counselor Carolyn Money said. “One is EMDR that they’re starting to use, and they’re using neurofeedback.”

Money said trauma is not only mental but also physical and says yoga is another type of treatment that can be used to deal with trauma. As for the victim in the assault, Andrews said she’s recovering.

Travis Wilson was charged with escape and was transferred back to the Jackson County Correctional Facility, where he will remain at least until his trial.

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