Kavanaugh Hearing: National Sexual Assault Hotline Saw 147 Percent Surge in Calls

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We can either move forward and do a cultural change where we send a message to survivors that we are here for you. Ford said her family has had to leave their home after she received threats, and she has been criticized on social media by those who think she is lying.

One Minnesota-based sexual assault victim advocate believes the testimony can both help and hurt when it comes to sexual assault victims opening up about their experiences. "And that can also be triggering for folks who have experienced sexual assault, especially those who have experienced assault at the hands of someone who maybe looks, sounds or acts like Judge Kavanaugh".

Across the US, advocates already seeing a growth in demand as the #MeToo movement has sent out ripples, saw an even greater spike with Kavanaugh. If you are able, we encourage you to call 800.656.HOPE (4673) or reach out via chat tomorrow.

"Watching the way she was spoken to and spoken about, it was so retraumatizing to watch that happen", said Jess Davidson, interim director of national advocacy group End Rape on Campus, who said she was a victim of sexual assault. On Friday, calls were up a staggering 500 percent.

The number of people who called the hotline was "201% above average" the day she testified, the group said.

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"Well, if I come forward, will I be responded to in the same way?" She believes victims are being encouraged by the national debate.

"I think it's important that we remember that when we're having conversations in a general term, ... those who've been directly impacted by sexual violence in the past are listening to those conversations", Pickering said.

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) runs the 24/7 hotline and said on their official twitter page on Thursday they had 147% more calls than on a normal weekday. "Hearing about sexual violence in the media and online can be very hard for survivors and their loved ones".

James Moran is the education coordinator at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing advocacy and education on domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes to members of the LGBTQ community. I really would want to see what she has to say, but I want to give it all the time they need.

Patti Davis, the daughter of the late President Ronald Reagan, came to Ford's defense last week by revealing her own rape by a music executive. Before the senate votes to approve or reject Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, it's time to take action.

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