The Ms. Q&A: Sil Lai Abrams on COVID-19 and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Ms. spoke with Abrams, who has served on the board of directors for victim services nonprofits Safe Horizon and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, to investigate the implications that COVID-19 could have for survivors. (Me and Eve)

For the entirety of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the United States will remain in a coronavirus-induced shutdown.

And while shelter-in-place orders have halted everything from public transportation to the Olympic games, sexual assault is one thing a national shutdown can’t put on pause.

The novel coronavirus has changed many aspects of everyday life—but for victims of gender-based violence, the social isolation and financial hardships that come with the pandemic can make it near impossible to escape abusers, says anti-domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams.

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Ms. spoke with Abrams, who…

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