The statewide sexual abuse hotline, launched Friday morning, aims to help connect victims of abuse to the closest available resources in their area.
All they have to do is call 1-855-VOICES4 to be connected with trained professionals who can tell them about sexual assault programs, counseling, advocacy and support groups.
The 24-hour hotline will also help connect survivors with information about statewide services like Crime Victims Compensation and the Michigan Victim Information and Notification service known as MI-VINE.
The hotline will not, however, be for people wanting to report instances of sexual abuse. Those people should still first contact the authorities.
Jordan Kennedy, deputy press secretary for Gov. Rick Snyder’s office says this hotline is the next big step in supporting survivors as they go through the healing process.
“For a lot of people this will be the first time they ever had the opportunity to talk about what happened to them, so it’s really important that this is accessible and this is 24/7, so no matter who you are, where you live, you can talk to somebody and get help,” Kennedy said.
The day-to-day operations of the hotline will be run by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, based in Okemos.
6 News will be speaking with people from that organization, and will update this story as we learn more.