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Rape crisis hotlines see increase in calls for counseling amid Brett Kavanaugh hearing


“Definitely a higher volume of calls and people reaching out for counseling specifically,” said Jenna Lynn Long, who answers the Rape crisis hotline at Restore Rochester. 

Long says victims have been calling in more than normal Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford detailed her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and specifically for counseling to deal with previous sexual assaults.

“I think just people reaching out for counseling because they’ve been triggered by seeing this in the media or they’ve been assaulted and think they might need some counseling,” said Long.

Mary Jo Marino from Restore says when high-profile events like the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing occur it can be difficult for survivors. 

“Watching the hearing can be triggering for people who have experienced sexual assault or even ones who haven’t and it can be emotional and we’ve had people reach out to our hotline to talk about that already today,” said Marino.

It can also inspire others to come forward if not to police, then to places like Restore where they can receive services like counseling, or just a voice on the other end of the phone to validate their experience.

“It’s an issue that’s been swept under the rug there’s been changes around the conversation of sexual assault,” said Marino.

Restore Rochester: (585) 546-2777

Willow Domestic Violence: (585) 222-SAFE 

Resolve of Greater Rochester: (585)-425-1580

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