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Local sexual assault response hotlines aren't seeing an increase in calls

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YAKIMA, WA - Since the "#MeToo" movement, an increase in women have come out and started sharing their own stories.

Now with the Dr. Ford vs. Brett Kavanaugh case there's been national reports that more victims are calling advocacy centers to report their cases.

But according to two centers in the Tri-Cities and Yakima, that is simply not the case.

The Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center explains they are busy with calls all year long, and while the cases they're seeing do bring up an important discussion, they haven't seen the impact of more calls.

Both centers do agree the Kavanaugh case could be a setback for victims.

“Dr. Ford coming forward making that a political issue rather than an issue of somebody coming forward to disclose abuse that happened a long time ago, which is not an uncommon thing, which I think is triggering a lot of emotions,” said Debbie Brockman, Program Manager at Aspen Victim Advocacy.

Both resource centers have 24-hour hotlines and phone calls can be made anonymously. They also offer emotional support and help through the process of making police reports.

The sexual assault and general crime services hotline for Aspen Victim Advocacy Services in Yakima is (509) 452-9675.

The 24-hour hotline for Support, Advocacy & Resource Center in Tri Cities is (509) 374-5391.

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