Starting last Saturday, RAINN officials said their live chat helpline saw an increase in use of 33 percent, and in recent days, calls to the telephone hotline have also increased. Currently, call volume to the helpline is about 35 percent higher than it was last Thursday, according to RAINN President Scott Berkowitz.
RAINN said it started to receive more calls and visits to its online helpline after a recording emerged last Friday of Trump making lewd comments about women ahead of a taped "Access Hollywood" appearance in 2005. "A lot of people calling have specifically said that it was the Trump stuff that got them thinking [about calling]," Berkowitz told ABC News.
"We definitely see a spike when there's a high-profile case going on," said Berkowitz.
Calls that RAINN receives after these sexual assault stories often include individuals who have not yet reported their assaults or feel they need emotional help.
"The nature of those calls tend to be more emotional support; sometimes they have questions [if] it's too late to report [an assault]," Berkowitz said.
RAINN warns survivors of sexual assault that consuming media can be difficult if sexual assault is depicted. "Portrayals of sexual violence in movies, television shows, the news, and social media can prompt negative reactions, from flashbacks and anxiety to feelings of sadness or irritability," the organization advises online.
RAINN's full list of advice for dealing with sexual assault as depicted in the media can be found here.