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More services for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual violence

RAINN's National Sexual Assault online hotline now available in Spanish.

WASHINGTON, - RAINN launched free, confidential support for Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. The new Spanish-language service, made possible by a Vision 21 grant from the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, will be available 24/7 at rainn.org/es. It is designed to be accessible to survivors among the 37.6 million people in the United States who primarily speak Spanish.

RAINN's hotline staffers are now able to provide support in Spanish or English. The Online Hotline provides sexual assault survivors with live, one-on-one help in a safe and secure setting, leading them to take their first steps following an assault.

Through the Online Hotline, Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault, and their family and friends, will have access to confidential support services, as well as information about short- and long-term care, medical options and the criminal justice process. RAINN staff can also connect visitors with local referrals tailored to meet their long-term needs.

RAINN's online chats are completely anonymous: The technology does not capture the IP addresses of users, so interactions can't be traced. The Online Hotline is operated by professionally trained support specialists who are responsive to cultural sensitivities. Staff do not need to know any personally identifying information about hotline visitors in order to provide help and resources.

In addition to the Online Hotline, Spanish-speaking visitors will have access to a new search tool at centros.rainn.org: The tool allows users to search by state or ZIP code to identify Spanish-language sexual assault service providers near them. Services provided by local providers are usually free or low-cost, and may include counseling, casework assistance or legal advocacy.

RAINN.org's informational content has also been expanded to provide recovery information, tips and advice in Spanish. Later this year, RAINN will expand its Spanish-language services to include an online group chat system, allowing survivors to connect with and support one another in a secure way through RAINN's website.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it's not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org, and en espanol: rainn.org/es. (SOURCE: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

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