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  1/16/2012, Tevet 21, 5772

Law for Free, No-Details Calls to Sexual-Abuse Hotlines


A bill making telephone calls to sexual-abuse helplines free of charge, with no call detail records made, was approved, Monday morning, for its first reading in the Knesset by the Committee for Advancing the Status of Women.

The bill's sponsor, Member of Knesset Orli Levi-Abekasis (Yisrael Beiteinu) said, "The toll-free call and clear knowledge that the conversation will not recorded, and included in the breakdown of calls [on one's phone bill], facilitate the thousands of victims to take action so simple for those who did not experience terror and control - to pick up the phone and ask for assistance." She also noted, "Today is a national fundraiser for children and youth at risk, and is the opportunity to mention that three children in each class have experienced or will experience sexual assault. Knowing that they have somewhere to turn and this phone call does not cost money and will not be recorded anywhere, can facilitate the critical first step in saving and rehabilitating them from repeated attacks."