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'Surviving R. Kelly' docuseries followed by 20 percent surge sexual-assault hotline calls

Monday, January 07, 2019

"The 'Surviving R. Kelly' docuseries led to a surge in calls to one of the nation's leading sexual-assault hotlines.

As the six-part series, which chronicles decades of the singer’s alleged sexual misconduct, aired on the Lifetime network from Thursday through Saturday, the hotline received 20 percent more calls than the prior week, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which operates the line.

The network's president, Scott Berkowitz, said the types of calls it gets often reflect news events.

'We often see the types of callers we get will follow the news cycle,' Berkowitz said. 'With the R. Kelly show, we were seeing more folks who are talking about childhood abuse.'"

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