Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday about her accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh inspired many Americans to speak of their own past experiences for the first time.
> For many of those people, her words and the questions she was asked brought up personal memories. Some shared their experiences on social media, others talked to friends or co-workers and others called into news networks to publicly recall their incidents of assault. It turns out many people also called the National Sexual Assault Hotline looking for help.
> The National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 147 percent increase in calls on Thursday compared with a normal weekday on which sexual assault did not dominate the news, according to RAINN, a large anti-sexual violence organization that administers the hotline.
RAINN told the magazine that survivors often come seeking help in greater numbers when sexual violence is in the news — but on Thursday, that increase was greater than some of the more recent instances.
> For example, in October 2016 when the Access Hollywood tape of then-candidate Donald Trump saying he could get women and “grab ’em by the p—y” was released, calls to the sexual assault hotline went up 33 percent.
> Since Ford has come forward with her allegations, RAINN said it has seen a 45.6 percent increase compared to the same time period last year. And over this past weekend when a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, came forward with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, RAINN’s hotline saw an increase of 57 percent compared to an average Friday through Sunday.