Michigan opens new statewide 24-hour sexual assault helpline

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 11:34:18-04

Michigan officials have launched a new confidential, 24-hour sexual assault helpline Friday. 

The helpline will provide crisis support and referrals to survivors and their friends and family, according to Governor Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder. 

Sexual assault helpline number: 1-855-VOICES4

“The launch of this hotline is the latest – and one of the most important – steps in Michigan’s efforts to support survivors of sexual assault as they go through the healing process,” Gov. Snyder said. “Sue and I want survivors to know that trained, caring professionals are prepared to listen and assist them along their journey toward healing.”

Professional crisis counselors trained in sexual assault intervention, child sexual abuse, victim's rights, health options and Michigan law will operate the hotline. Day-to-day operations will be conducted by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. 

Officials say the helpline is not intended for reporting sexual assaults to law enforcement. Residents should call 911 or file a police report for related incidents.