In the world of Nassar victims not being heard when they first reported abuse and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, Michigan announces a new hotline for sexual assault survivors.
This hotline was introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder on Friday.
It will be confidential and callers can be anonymous. It will be available 24-hours, statewide.
Assault victims can use it to call for help, counseling and soon, other resources.
“It’s critically important that all survivors of sexual assault have somewhere safe to turn for help,” First Lady Sue Snyder said. “This hotline will connect survivors with a caring, trained professional who can help provide them with the immediate and long-term support they need to begin their journey toward healing.”
“As we continue our work to change the culture surrounding sexual assault in Michigan, it’s equally important that we support the brave survivors who reach out for help,” Gov. Snyder said. “Developing this anonymous hotline is an important step toward ensuring every survivor in Michigan has access to safe and confidential support services.”
The line will be staffed by trained counselors and sexual assault service providers. They will offer counseling and can connect survivors with local resources for long-term support programs, advocacy services, as well as medical and forensic resources.
“This hotline is an important way to reach sexual assault survivors throughout Michigan and provide them with counseling and resources from highly trained, supportive individuals,” said Debi Cain, Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. “So many survivors have kept what happened to them a secret—sometimes for many years—feeling they have no safe place to call for help. It’s encouraging to see a widespread, accessible resource in Michigan that will help survivors receive help to start healing.”
The hotline will be led, advised and funded by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, with day-to-day operations conducted by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.
The toll-free hotline number and launch date will be announced in the coming weeks.