Sexual assault center sees spike in calls

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The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) has seen an increase in calls to its hotline this week after several national stories including Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing made headlines. 

One national group said its calls have gone up 201 percent. 

Kathy Williams, executive director of WASAC said the increase in calls to the hotline is compared to the number of calls the center received last week and also this time last month. 

Callers have even said they’re reaching out for help because of the Kavanaugh hearing and other national sexual assault stories. 

“This is not something that is political or us,” Williams said. “This is something that we do everyday. So, [employees] are trained to manage calls and crisis everyday.”

Those with WASAC said during times like this, many victims and survivors experience flashbacks and trauma from their own attacks. 

The center is prepared to help any and everyone and is reminding people that there is help out there. 

“We have trained advocates available to respond any time day or night,” Williams said. “People may call. They do not have to identify themselves or give their names, but they can receive support through out hotline.”

If you or someone you know needs help, the Wichita Sexual Assault Hotline is 316-263-3002

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673.

Both hotlines are available 24/7.

For more resources, visit the WASAC website or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.

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