In Wake of Depp-Heard Verdict, RAINN Sees 35% Increase in Calls to National Sexual Assault Hotline

Washington, D.C. - In the month of May 2022, RAINN provided support to 28% more people than in May 2021. This is notable because March 2022 and April 2022 RAINN saw only a 3% increase from the prior year, so the May increase in call volume was likely driven by news coverage. The day of the verdict, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline served 35% more people than on the average Wednesday. “The outcome of this case may surface an array of emotions for survivors watching. Anyone needing support in the wake of this verdict can access free confidential support 24/7 at 800.656.HOPE (4673) and” - Erinn Robinson, Director of Media Relations, RAINN



RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, help organizations improve their sexual assault prevention and response programs, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, free, confidential help is available 24/7 by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visiting

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