PAAR Is Receiving Twice As Many Calls Since Kavanaugh Hearings

"Our therapy clients were being triggered from the intensity of the hearing"

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 02, 2018 - 10:42 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Since the Kavanaugh hearings took place, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape is receiving twice as many phone calls as usual.

Allison Hall, Executive Director of PAAR, joined KDKA Radio on Tuesday to talk about the rising numbers and how her nonprofit organization helps victims.

Have your phone lines seen a reaction from the hearing last week?

“They have, especially during the hearing. They essentially doubled,” Hall said.

“Our therapy clients were being triggered from the intensity of the hearing. Our Therapists have to spend some time helping them talk about coping and refreshing them on what to do when it comes up on a daily basis.”

Who is making calls to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape?

“Victims themselves, in addition to family members or support networks of victims to say, how can I support my friends, child or wife who has experienced this?” Hall tells KDKA Radio.

“We want everyone who has experienced this, or know somebody who has, to reach out and find out how to support them.”

What harm does a person do to themselves by not reporting sexual abuse?

“I’m sure they feel very isolated - Major issues of depression/anxiety,” Hall added.

“If you look at victims, there’s increased rates of suicide, eating disorders, drug and alcohol issues, dysfunction, relationship issues, and people develop maladaptive - unhealthy coping skills as opposed to seeking the help (a person needs).”

What goes through a victim’s head who was sexually assaulted?

“The self-blame of the same questions that outside individuals would ask. Why did this happen to me? What could I have done to prevent this?” Hall explains.

“We really need to stop focusing on what women did wrong, and focus on why men perpetrate rape.”