Hotline phones have not stopped reporting sexual abuse in the United States, and casualty reports have reached record numbers thanks to the momentum of the MeToo social movement to raise awareness about harassment and abuse.
The number of calls rose when the movement began in October, where some had to wait for up to three hours to receive calls to the country’s largest hotline for this purpose, the national hotline to report sexual abuse.
The number of calls received by its hotline rose 25 percent in November from a year earlier and another 30 percent in December, the National Network Against Rape, Sexual Abuse and Incest said.
The network received 20,948 phone calls in 2017, the largest number since it was founded in 1993.
In the fall, actress Alissa Milano appealed to women who had been victims of sexual assault or harassment to use the label “me too”, meaning “me too”, for social media following accusations of harassment of the big film producer In Hollywood Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein, who has accused dozens of women of harassment and assault, denied having sex with any woman without her consent.
Scott Berukowitz, chief executive of the National Network Against Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest, said the network had recruited 40 new employees along with its 200 employees, and that this had reduced the waiting time on the phone.
The US-based Crisis Center for Rape Prevention receives 70 victims every week on average seeking legal, physical or psychological assistance. The center’s chief executive, Indira Hennard, said that before the May-to-date spread, the number was between 30 and 40.
“I tell her history … I do not think we have ever talked about sexual violence and its aftermath with all this momentum.”