In 2006, the Online Hotline was created as an extension of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, becoming the first online crisis intervention service in the United States.
At the start, it was only available 2 hours per day, 2 days per week.
Please note that while we have taken numerous measures to keep your communications safe while using our site, no Internet transmission is 100% secure.
You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with someone over the phone who can help. Please make sure you are in a safe place and that you are using a secure device and Internet connection.The Online Hotline works like other instant messaging and online chat systems, but with enhanced security measures.You'll enter a private chat with a trained RAINN support specialist and chat live by typing messages back and forth.
Demand for sessions increased rapidly, and RAINN responded by expanding the service.