Call Increase for Sexual Assault Hotline Linked to Documentary Against R. Kelly

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Ever since Lifetime aired the first episode of “Surviving R. Kelly”, a documentary-series on the RnB singer’s alleged sexual abuse and manipulation of young women, the impact resonated not only on social media but an increase in calls to the sexual assault hotline.

Good Morning America reported that a representative from RAINN or the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, that calls reaching out for their help have increased 20 percent since the three days the show has aired.

During the time the show was on, RAINN tweeted:

“Watching or reading about Surviving R. Kelly and need to talk? The National Sexual Assault Hotline is here 24/7.” The helpline offers survivors of sexual assault and abuse confidential counsel and support from trained professionals.

The helpline gradually increases in calls whenever news of abuse against women is aired and trauma is triggered. RAINN told The Daily Beast that it also experienced a drastic number of calls during the US Supreme Court’s hearing against Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018.

According to the organization, they helpline saw a 27-percent increase on the day the first episode came out compared to the same day of the previous week.

The six-part documentary discusses the singer’s misdemeanors from marrying a 15-year-old Aaliyah when he was 27 to a video footage of him in 2002 engaging in sexual acts with a minor and urinating on her to an “abusive cult” raping and abusing young women which reportedly is extant until today.

The show interviewed almost 50 people ranging from his victims to journalists and celebrities including the likes of singer John Legend, rapper Chance the Rapper and talk show host Wendy Williams, to name a few.

Despite Kelly’s legal team threatening to sue the network if it aired the series, Lifetime pushed through with its schedule, and gained positive feedback. Brian Nix, the singer’s lawyer, told Billboard that the show contained false allegations and that the alleged victims were in it for money and fame.

There are five remaining episodes in the series and promises more chilling details.

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