US sexual assault hotlines ring in high numbers as #MeToo social movement catches steam

Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 13:13 IST | Agencies | Washington

The phones at US sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help

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The phones at US sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help. Calls spiked when the movement began in October, with people waiting up to three hours to talk at the country’s largest one, the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

The number of calls to the hotline surged 25 percent in November from a year earlier, and another 30 percent in December, according to RAINN. Its 2,09,480 total calls in 2017 were the most for any year since its founding in 1993.

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