Rape Crisis Center reacts to Stanford sex assault case

Hope and healing at Rape Crisis Center

First, there was outrage when a star athlete received a light sentence for a brutal rape.

Then Monday, the convicted rapist's father added fuel to the fire when he said his son was punished too harshly for "20 minutes of action."

In west San Antonio, the Rape Crisis Center said its hotline has seen an increase in calls from people who are having trouble coping with the controversy.

Art therapy is one of many services offered at the and they say, programs like this are especially important when social media is dominated by news of sex assault.

"We're hearing a lot about what's happening at Stanford. We know days like these will be hard, and our hotline calls do increase, but that's why we're here," Miriam Elizondo, the executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, said.

Elizondo said it's normal for survivors to reach out when they feel angry, overwhelmed or scared.

"A survivor or a secondary survivor can be flipping through their Facebook and notice there's a story there and they could be triggered. The Rape Crisis Center is very aware of that, and we're prepared for that," Elizondo said.

At the Rape Crisis Center, they have support groups for men, women, children, survivors whose cases are current and people who've waited years to seek help.

Every service the center offers is absolutely free, and not just for rape survivors. Family members of sex assault survivors also qualify for a full range of services.

The center said help is just a phone call away at 210-349-7273. You can also contact the center online.

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