Reports say that calls to sexual assault hotline Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) have increased since the airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly II: The Reckoning. According to RAINN, their National Sexual Assault hotline had a 40% spike in calls last Friday and Saturday when the documentary aired.
Press secretary Erin Robin said in a statement, “We are proud to have partnered with Lifetime on this project and are encouraged that our work with the media continues to empower survivors of sexual violence to seek the help that they need to heal.”
Lifetime’s SVP of Unscripted Programming, Brie Miranda Bryant said, “We are so thankful for our partnership with RAINN as part of our Stop Violence Against Women Initiative and to see the jump in calls during the airings of Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning. It’s amazing to know the documentary has encouraged important and necessary conversations to happen and we are extremely proud of our survivors for their courage, who by standing up for themselves, stand for so much more.”