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Will Rape Hotlines Need My Name? I'm Afraid They Will Judge Me

Published: July 14, 2014
Dear Will Rape Hotlines Need My Name? I'm Afraid They Will Judge Me,

Hi, again. Thanks for your response on 'I was raped and nothing is helping me to deal with it'. Made me feel a bit better. I decided I wanted to get professional help but I don't really want to tell another person what had happened. That Assault Hotline, I wanted to know if they ask for your name and stuff. I want to tell someone who wont know who I am. I don't know why but I feel as tho they might judge me.


Dear Will Rape Hotlines Need My Name? I'm Afraid They Will Judge Me,

If you call the hotline, you will only have to give as much information as you choose. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) presents the following information on the National Sexual Assault Hotline:

How does the National Sexual Assault Hotline work?

The concept behind the hotline is simple. When a caller dials 1.800.656.HOPE, a computer notes the area code and first three digits of the caller's phone number. The call is then instantaneously connected to the nearest RAINN member center. If all counselors at that center are busy, the call is sent to the next closest center. The caller's phone number is not retained, so the call is anonymous and confidential unless the caller chooses to share personally-identifying information.

If you prefer, you can also use the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. RAINN presents the following information on for the Online Hotline to reassure users of confidentiality:

Uniquely Designed to Ensure Privacy

Privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance. We worked with our technology partners to build an innovative communications infrastructure from the ground up that integrates security and anonymity at every level.

The Online Hotline's custom built application does not capture the IP address of users, so sessions can't be traced back to them. And, transcripts of sessions are never stored, so there is no accessible information to cause further harm.

The website also provides detailed instructions for all users on how to clear private data from their computers after visiting our site.

No matter who you choose to reach out to, it is very important to talk to a professional trained in working with sexual assault victims. FX can appreciate that you might have concerns about being judged or worry that someone would think it was your fault. But these professionals understand the dynamics of rape and know that it is NEVER the victim’s fault. They are not there to judge you and will not blame you for what happened. They are there to get you the help you need and to provide you with compassion and support with what happened to you.  So please take the first step by calling the hotline or using the online hotline so you can get the support and guidance you need to deal with this.

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