Hey guys. . . .

I happened to get the head’s-up about this yesterday — although I’m guessing that it has less to do with my profession than with the donation I made to RAINN last year. They’ve just started up a confidential chat-room service for Spanish-speaking victims and survivors of sexual assault. Here’s the gist of it from the article:

La Sala de Ayuda (Help Room), is similar to a group chat service. Up to 10 survivors will take part in each group session, which is moderated by a RAINN staff member. Participants decide as a group what topics to focus on during the session.

“The addition of a group-based service means that survivors and their loved ones can better understand that they are not alone,” said Candice Lopez, program manager for the National Sexual Assault Hotline. “We know that a group setting can help survivors connect with others to strengthen self-confidence, increase resiliency and promote individual healing.”

La Sala de Ayuda, like all of RAINN’s other services, is designed with privacy and safety top-of-mind: no chats are saved, and no IP addresses are stored. Participants can leave at any time, and can also messages the moderator privately with a question or concern.

I tend not to come into contact with these cases myself because the agencies (rather rightly) tend to seek out female interpreters for them, but I’ve still seen enough to know how much something like this is needed. For now, the service is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:00-9:00pm EST, but hopefully that’ll be expanding before too long. In any case, if any of you out there have loved ones or acquaintances who speak Spanish and have lived through this shit, please let them know about this.

Muchísimas gracias, pues.