A counseling service in Neenah says they are receiving more calls from victims of sexual assault in Northeast Wisconsin after the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against public figures have played out nationally among Hollywood, Capitol Hill, and network news.
“We’ve seen an uptick in our crisis hotline calls, and that has taken place over the last two months,” Kim Massey, development director at Reach Counseling in Neenah, explained.
With more victims speaking up, it allows others to shed more doubt and fear.
“What we have seen there’s been an onslaught of women who have now come forward and taken the power back, and the power of numbers, and have said, ‘if you can do it, and you can share your story, I can do that too,” Massey said.
Victims are also breaking what could be seen as a stereotype around who they are.
“This issue is not just for one gender, one racial group, one economic status, one profession,” Massey said. “People do have an idea that this just happens to just that person or this person, this can’t happen over here. But this has really brought to light that it crosses all segments of the population.”
As allegations and reports continue to surface on nearly a weekly basis now against public figures, Massey hopes it will pave the way for victims to speak up.
“The culture is defined by it’s conversation, so I do feel that more people will be apt to come forward because of what they’ve seen,” Massey said.
If you would like to contact Reach Counseling in Neenah, you can call 920-722-8150.
There are additional resources provided by the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services in multiple locations around Northeast Wisconsin.