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Bill Would Reauthorize Grants For Sexual Assault Hotline

Congresswoman Annie Kuster photo
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire has introduced a bill to reauthorize federal grants for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Kuster, a Democrat, said the hotline's call volume reached a "staggering record high" last year.

The hotline is operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Scott Berkowitz, president of the network, said since March 2020,  as the pandemic led to stay-at-home orders, the majority of victims receiving help from our online hotline have been minors.

He said the reauthorization will help meet the increased demand. Kuster introduced the bill with U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican from Ohio.

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