How To Support Assault Survivors In The Wake Of SCOTUS Nominee Hearing

Protesters take part in the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia on Sept. 29.
Protesters take part in the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia on Sept. 29.
Protesters take part in the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia on Sept. 29.
Protesters take part in the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia on Sept. 29.

How To Support Assault Survivors In The Wake Of SCOTUS Nominee Hearing

As news networks dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) experienced a 147 percent increase in calls to its sexual assault hotline.  

The organization also warned it was "experiencing unprecedented wait times for our online chat."

An estimated 20 million people watched as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some viewers took to social media to share how watching the testimony triggered their own past experiences with assault and harassment.

Morning Shift talks to two experts about how best to take care of yourself, and support survivors of assault, in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings.

GUESTS: Sharmili Majmudar, interim CEO and Director of Strategic Partnerships with the group Women Employed

Sarah Layden, Director of Programs and Public Policy with the group Resilience

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For rape and attack survivors, the Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford news cycle full of triggers  (USA Today)

Sexual assault victims are reliving their trauma, triggered by Kavanaugh hearing (Washington Post)

Here are some ways to take care of yourself if you're feeling triggered by the Kavanaugh hearings (Hello Giggles)