LCS Northwest launches text message Sexual Assault Crisis Line service

LCS Northwest launches text message Sexual Assault Crisis Line service

Several events are scheduled in the Spokane area during April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In a press release, Lutheran Community Services Northwest said, “Each year we are reminded to pause and be prepared to help victims of this intimately terrifying trauma when they need it most. Spokane is a compassionate community that believes and supports survivors.”

Starting at 8 a.m. on April 1, LCS Northwest’s Sexual Assault Crisis Line will be available for both phone calls and text messages at 509-624-7273.

“This has been a dream of ours for years,” says LCS Northwest Director Erin Williams Hueter, “It’s our duty to be as accessible as possible for survivors when they need help the most”.

At this time the text messaging availability will only be during business hours, but LCS Northwest is seeking financial backing to meet demand if there’s a continued need to expand the service.

Fortunately, LCS Northwest and the Spokane Police Department recently received news that the “Seek Then Speak Application” was approved for another year of grant funding. With this app, survivors as well as their friends and family can navigate options for reporting a sex crime or seeking assistance from a Washington Certified Victim Advocate at LCS.

LCS Northwest’s historic building at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Browne will have teal lights shown on it in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well.

More information about upcoming Sexual Assault Awareness Month events can be found at LCS Northwest Spokane’s Facebook page.

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