Calls to a sexual assault hotline rise following Trump allegations

Calls made to a sexual assault hotline have seen a steep rise in the last week, as public allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE continue to pile up. 


The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network has seen a 33 percent spike since last Saturday in their live chat helpline, according to a new ABC News report. Calls to the hotline have also increased 35 percent in the last week.

RAINN told ABC it started to get more calls to the hotline after the report of the leaked audio in which Trump describes kissing and groping women without consent. 

“A lot of people calling have specifically said that it was the Trump stuff that got them thinking [about calling],” RAINN president Scott Berkowitz told ABC News. 

Berkowitz said it’s not uncommon for the organization to see a spike in calls when there’s a high-profile story regarding sexual assault. 

He used the Stanford University sexual assault case and the accusations made against Bill Cosby as examples of stories that prompted people to call into RAINN.

In the week following the reporting of the recording by the Washington Post, several woman have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. 

Trump and his campaign have repeatedly denied all the allegations against him.