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

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