Volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline.
Even before he was elected, Donald Trump caused dark memories to surface in the minds of victims of rape and sexual assault.
Since his election, things have been just as intense. The #MeToo movement has forced the downfall of prominent abusers such as Harvey Weinstein and encouraged victims who suffered at the hands of other high-profile men to speak out and seek justice.
The news about Rob Porter, who was employed by the White House and finally ousted once domestic abuse allegations came to light, added to the intensity.
Calls to rape crisis centers have spiked since late 2016 and remain high. If you can volunteer with a rape crisis center or a sexual abuse hotline, please consider it.
The best known is the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its National Sexual Assault Hotline takes calls around the clock and connects people with support services nearest to them. It also helps those who contact them online. To date, RAINN has assisted more than 2.5 million people.
If you can’t volunteer at a rape crisis center or a sexual assault hotline, consider donating to RAINN or a RAINN partner crisis center in your area. You can also follow RAINN and local organizations on social media and spread awareness of their efforts.
Volunteer for RAINN’s online hotline:
Volunteer with a RAINN partner crisis center near you:
If you are a sexual assault or rape victim who needs help, call the RAINN hotline:
Those needing support can also access Rainn’s online hotline in English:
If you are a sexual assault or rape victim serving in the military, you can contact the Department of Defense (DOD) Safe Helpline, also run by RAINN (scroll down for the full list of resources):
Donate to RAINN:
Like RAINN on Facebook:
Follow RAINN on Twitter:
Read a November 2017 Washington Post article on the rise in calls to rape crisis centers as a result of Trump’s Access Hollywood tape, the #MeToo movement, and similar events: