The National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a noticeable increase in phone calls on the same day Lifetime aired its Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
A spokesperson for Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) told The Daily Beast that its hotline received 27 percent more calls on Thursday; increases are common once the topic of sexual assault and abuse is in the news.
RAINN’s hotline provides emotional support and resources to callers.
Watching or reading about "Surviving R. Kelly" and need to talk? The National Sexual Assault Hotline is here 24/7—800.656.HOPE and https://t.co/j9dQGwplI2.
— RAINN (@RAINN) January 4, 2019
The six-part documentary featured interviews with women who allege that R. Kelly sexually abused them, as well as sit-down conversations with family members, those who worked with him and reporters.
The R&B singer has denied the allegation and plans to launch a website meant to “expose” those who accused him on the Lifetime series as liars, according to TMZ.
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