More Calls for Help after Kavanaugh Hearing

DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. -- The Kavanaugh hearings on Capitol Hill are having an impact on area crisis hotlines.

The phones at Women's Resources of Monroe County are ringing more than usual.

"We weren't expecting that," said volunteer coordinator Yvonne Downs.

After Christine Blasey Ford's opening testimony Thursday, calls and in-person visits to the domestic violence center went up about 10 percent.

"For survivors, seeing this woman who maybe has a very similar story to what happened to them get up and state this very publicly, that gives them courage too," Lauren Peterson said.

The increase in phone calls here is not isolated. In fact, a national hotline has received more than double its usual amount of calls.

Counselors tell Newswatch 16 Ford's testimony has opened old wounds for some sexual assault survivors.

"You work through things and you think that you have things managed and you have all your coping skills in place and then something out of the blue like triggers some emotion," said Yvonne Downs.

Downs is an abuse survivor who now works as a women's resources volunteer coordinator.

"We really have to rely on each other and be able to talk to each other and have a safe place for people."

As the Kavanaugh confirmation talks continue, Peterson reminds anyone who needs help that the crisis hotline is staffed 24 hours a day.

"We're here for you no matter what."


    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Since she just made this startling revelation 8 days ago in order to support Christine Ford, yeah, I’d say she’s a liar.

  • jimbrony

    Calls to the crisis center before the SCOTUS hearings: ‘My husband beats me when he’s drunk and is abusive towards our children.’ Calls after: ‘I did something really stupid when I was a teenager and I want to blame someone important to get my 15 minutes of fame.’

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum has been on the Board Of Regents at The University Of Palo Alto since 2002. Christine Ford teaches psychology there too. Things that make you go Hmm…

  • My Foot

    From what we witnessed it is understandable why sexual assault is not frequently reported…Fox news reporter called her a “skanky liar”. … She needed to move.. her family threatened……but STILL the Evangelicals will get their Judge.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      From what we witnessed it is understandable that there’s no such thing as too low for the democrat party. From Feinstein lying about Ford’s request to remain anonymous (THAT’S A WHOPPER) to withhold the information until after the hearings had concluded (in order to ambush Judge Kavanaugh AND give them almost two months to prepare, including Feinstein lawyering Ford up with democrat activists), to their choice of Ford, herself a democrat activist, and her provable-nor-unprovable tale from 36 years ago. The democrats have made a joke out of appointing a Supreme Court Justice to the bench again, as they did with Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, using the same tactics. Why? The democrats need another like-minded judge on the Supreme Court in order to circumvent the Constitution and the voting public so they can implement their socialist agenda on America. We have to keep voting them out of office even at local levels, if the free-market capitalist America that made us the greatest nation in the history of mankind, is to survive as we know it.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        The more I think about it, who knows how long this plan has been in the works? Ford’s initial contact date, the ‘6 weeks’ that Feinstein claims to have sat on the info – these are all coming from democrats. I think it took considerably longer for the dems to find the proper candidate with the age, background, geographical location and schooling near Judge Kavanaugh to be considered credible. Then, there’s the carefully crafted story that can’t be proven or disproven. That all took time. Maybe the amount of time since President Trump nominated him.

    • jimbrony

      I did a search on ‘skanky liar’ and they only thing that returned was your comment. Please cite the reporters name and when the article was published so the rest of us can see for ourselves.

      • jimbrony

        Once again MY FOOT fakes the news to fit his/her agenda. Kevin Jackson used his Twitter feed, it wasn’t on Fox News. And he said ‘lying skanks’ referring to the accusers, not Dr. Ford specifically. He’s entitled to his opinion, and lost his ties to Fox because of it. The best lie is one that has a modicum of truth to it, something your party is quite good at.

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