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Lisa’s Story on the Hotline

Lisa Quinto volunteers at our 24-hour crisis hotline and here’s how volunteering has impacted her life.

“I’ve been aware of the impact of intimate partner and sexual violence for a long time – especially the damage it causes to the sense of self and the shame that goes along with it. My work on the hotline feels like I’m contributing to healing of that shame and isolation.”

When Lisa answered one of the calls to our 24-hour emergency hotline, the caller expressed confusion about his sexual orientation and shame about the sexual abuse he had experienced. “He was clearly too afraid….so my goal was for him to experience being unconditionally accepted exactly as he was at that moment. By the end of the conversation, he told me that maybe it was OK after all, just to be himself. Even though we’d only spoken a short time, our conversation that night touched both of us deeply and I’d felt a real connection.”

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