Sexual Assault Hotline Callers Report Retraumatization Following Ford Testimony

"We had a caller tell us that they had their first flashback in three years," the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago's director of counseling services tells Here & Now's Robin Young.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline reported the busiest day in its history last Friday, following Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has strongly denied the allegation.

The hotline received more than 3,000 calls — 738 percent more than normal. Smaller hotlines around the country saw the same phenomenon, among them the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Rape Crisis Hotline, where calls have tripled.

‘s Robin Young, director of counseling services at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, which runs hotlines for all three of the city’s rape crisis centers.

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