There is another avenue for help available now for survivors of sexual assault.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that in addition to calling Michigan’s 855-VOICES4 sexual assault hotline, survivors can now text 1-866-238-1454 to receive immediate help and support from trained professionals.
“This texting feature is an important way to make sure every survivor in Michigan has direct access to the support and resources they deserve,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I want every survivor in our state to know that your voice and your story matter, and when you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen.”
The texting feature is an expansion to the 855-VOICES4 hotline, which offers 24/7, free, confidential and anonymous support to survivors across the lifespan in addition to their family members and friends.
The launch of the hotline in 2018 helped ensure the 40 percent of Michiganders without access to direct sexual assault services had somewhere to turn for help and support.
The governor made the announcement at Eastern Michigan University during the fifth annual “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit, where she offered the event’s keynote address.
The “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative was started by former Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder with the goal of changing the culture surrounding campus sexual assault.
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