Local organization sees increase in calls to sexual assault hotlines

Posted at 4:45 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 16:45:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had an unintended effect. 

Staffers at the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network have noticed that when a person alleging sexual assault is in the national spotlight, many more speak out in private.

Meg Baldwin, RAINN Press Secretary, said nationally there was a 57 percent increase in calls to the hotline from Friday to Sunday. 

"Many of survivors of sexual assault are watching these hearings and hearing about these issues in the news right now and are re-experiencing assaults they were victimized by," said Baldwin. 

The #MeToo movement also gave more sense of responsibility towards other victim for each victim to come forward to tell what happened to them. 

If you feel yourself drawn into the testimonies in the news, be alert to ways you can be triggered about your own experience of abuse and reach out for assistant and support.