Helping sexual assault victims online

RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, launched a new service yeserday to provide support to victims online. Now, instead of just being able to get help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE), survivors can also reach out to the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at www.rainn.org.
Scott Berkowitz, president & founder of RAINN, says, “The Online Hotline provides a solution to the dangerous trend of victims getting help online through insecure websites…Many young sexual assault victims are turning to the Internet for help through insecure chat rooms, blogs, and social networking sites. This dangerous trend of victims turning to the Internet for help leaves victims vulnerable to unreliable advice, exposes their identity, and makes their postings available to the world through Google.â€?
See USA Today and abyss2hope for more.

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