National coverage triggers increase in calls at Chippewa Valley support center

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – The National Sexual Assault Hotline reported a 201 percent increase in calls Thursday due to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, it is not unusual to see an increase in calls when sexual assault is in the news.

That trend is being noticed here as well as these trials trigger sexual assault victims.

Staff at the Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls said their Eau Claire offices have seen an influx in calls as the Kavanaugh news coverage continues.

Advocates there said these survivors that have been calling say the coverage brings up memories of their own trauma.

“It started years ago with Weinsten, and it just keeps going,” said Blythe McConaughey, with the support center. “The sexual assault accusations are coming out of the woodwork and it’s really painful for survivors. I guess the only thing I want to say about sexual assault survivors is I believe you and if you want to talk you can call The Family Support Center.”

McConaughey said the Family Support Center is the sexual assault services provider in Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties.

Services are 100 percent free and work with people of all ages in sexual assault, child abuse cases and more.

For more information on the Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls, click here. 

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
43°
Menomonie
Chetek
39°
Durand
45°
Ladysmith
41°
Neillsville
39°
Rice Lake
40°
New Richmond
42°
Black River Falls
43°
Medford
30°
River Falls
43°
Duluth
42°
Green Bay
39°
La Crosse
46°
Madison
42°
Milwaukee
46°
Twin Cities
45°
Weather Outlook: Fall colors include red, orange, yellow….. and white

Weather Outlook: Fall colors include red, orange, yellow….. and white

We had a blanket of snow on some of our trees yesterday. There is chances for more in the forecast,

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

Scroll to top
Skip to content