10/08/2018

Hotlines that may help in a post - Kavanaugh confirmation world

Like many others in the U.S., I have been moved by events surrounded the Kavanah confirmation debate. Br. Christine Blasey Ford testified as to having been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanah. Unless you live under a rock on Mars, then you know what happened next.

Three victims of domestic violence called my phone this weekend needing shelter. Emails from sexual assault survivors poured in and my Facebook page blew up. Survivors are looking for help and a listening ear. It's only natural to go online these days. As a survivor who opened the first online rape recovery groups and forums back in 1995/1996, I know firsthand that the internet can bring healing.

These are links to some of the resources that I have found. These lines are often staffed by people who have "been there, done that" and want to help. Together, we can help each other through this. Remember, if you need emergency help, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Hotlines

Sexual Assault

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network)
Telephone hotline: 1-800-656-HELP 
Visit their website link to call through your smartphone app - www.rainn.org

Website and online chat www.thehotline.org
Telephone 1−800−799−7233
Information and other resources National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Has a national list of statewide coalitions www.nsvrc.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline
24/7 Hotline 1-888-373-7888 (An easier to remember pattern for the number is 1.888.3737.888)
Text 233733
Online chat https://humantraffickinghotline.org/chat

National Suicide Hotline
Phone 1-800-273-8255
Online chat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Spanish 1-888-628-9454
Deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-799-4889

National Alliance on Mental Illness
This organization can help you find resources to help with depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. Their non-emergency number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).

Non-emergency resources

Telephone hotline for crime victims 1-855-484-2846
Non-emergency assistance by chat or text victimsofcrime.org 

* National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ww.ncadv.org/

* National Network to End Domestic Violence www.nnedv.org


Please note: I'm not a professional. I'm only offering these websites and as a source of information and encouragement. People do care. My hope is that you will always keep in mind three things:
You can heal.
You deserve to heal.
You are worthy of whatever support you need to heal.

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