Sexual assault chat
Since 2008 the Online Hotline has been available 24/7 to help those affected by sexual violence.
Trained RAINN support specialists operate the Online Hotline out of the Washington, DC and New York City metropolitan areas and have helped more than 300,000 users since its launch in 2006.
That means: To learn more about how a provider can become an affiliate of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, visit the Sexual Assault Service Provider information page.
Volunteer opportunities for the National Sexual Assault Hotline are coordinated through these local providers. The National Sexual Assault Hotline was the nation’s first decentralized hotline, connecting those in need with help in their local communities.
You'll enter a private chat with a trained RAINN support specialist and chat live by typing messages back and forth.
The service is completely anonymous and confidential—we will never ask you for any information that would identify who you are.
The providers who answer calls placed to the hotline are known as RAINN affiliates.
If you reach an answering service, you can try calling back after some time has passed, or you can choose to call during regular business hours when more staff members are available.
It’s made up of a network of independent sexual assault service providers, vetted by RAINN, who answer calls to a single, nationwide hotline number.
Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.
One nationwide hotline number makes it easier for survivors to be connected with the help they deserve.
Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline.