More People Seek Counseling Amid Kavanaugh Hearings, YWCA Says

Steve Miller
September 27, 2018 - 4:55 pm

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The YWCA in Chicago says its counselors have received many more calls about sexual assault since the Kavanaugh hearings.

"We've gone from getting three to four requests for counseling services a day to ten to twelve calls requesting counseling services,” said Anne Pezzillo,  clinical program director for YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

"Even though we know in our heads how pervasive sexual assault is, the experience of assault can leave many women and men feeling incredibly alone,” she said.

“So, when someone like Dr. Ford comes forward and says, ‘This happened to me,’ what it does is cut through the isolation that we know survivors experience."

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early-1980s – allegations he denies.