Sexual assault hotline calls up since Donald Trump scandal

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The accusations against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump have put sexual violence against women front and center on the national stage. (KGO-TV)

The accusations against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump have put sexual violence against women front and center on the national stage.

In fact, an activist group says calls to its sexual assault hotline have gone up.

Jessica Leeds says Trump fondled her during a flight to New York in the 1980s. She spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "He was grabbing my breasts and trying to turn me toward him and kissing me," she said.

The director of programs for Next Door Solutions to domestic violence in San Jose says there's a name for that. "When we aren't talking about consent as a necessary factor for any sort of touching, it's a problem. Very strongly feel it needs to be labeled as sexual assault," Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence spokesperson Colsaria Henderson said.

RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization says calls to its sexual assault hotline went up 33 percent over the weekend of the last presidential debate, a debate in which Trump had to answer to a 2005 recording of him bragging about grabbing women.

The CEO of the Silicon Valley YWCA says it's time to focus on prevention and support for victims. "We've got to end sexual assault full stop. so i really hope the conversation pivots and this is a tipping point in our country," YWCA spokesperson Tanis Crosby said.

At a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire, First Lady Michelle Obama said enough is enough. "A candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. And I have to tell you that I can't stop thinking about this," she said.

Trump has denied the sexual assault allegations and says the attacks on him are "a conspiracy against the American people."

Click here for resources if you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted.

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