Online SupportLine

The 1in6 Online SupportLine is a free, confidential, secure service that provides live help over the 1in6 website.

If you are in immediate danger, of seriously harming yourself or being harmed by someone else, we recommend calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Who should use the Online SupportLine?

Men who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood, family members, friends and partners of men who may have had those experiences. If you are a seeking services for yourself and do not identify as male, there is support, please visit the National Sexual Assault Hotline and access support here:

What services does the Online SupportLine provide?

  • Crisis intervention and support.
  • Answers to your questions about recovering from childhood sexual abuse.
  • Information about medical, emotional and behavioral issues related to abusive experiences.
  • Information about the criminal justice system, and what you might expect if you report the abuse.
  • Referrals to resources in your area.
  • Information for family and friends of the person who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.

How does it work?

It works just like instant messaging. You'll go into a private chat session with a trained support specialist and communicate, live, by typing messages back and forth. The service is completely anonymous, and you do not have to give your name or any personal information.

Who provides the help?

Online SupportLine services are provided through a collaboration between 1in6 and RAINN. All trained RAINN support specialists have successfully completed comprehensive sexual assault crisis response training as well as additional training developed by 1in6 about issues related to men their local center and supervisors monitor sessions for quality control.

Does the Online SupportLine provide ongoing help?

The Online SupportLine provides immediate crisis help and information about healing and reporting options. If you need ongoing help, our trained support specialists will work to help you identify and connect with local resources, which may provide individual and group support sessions and other services. You can always reach a local center directly by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.

Which web browsers will work with the Online Hotline?

One of the browsers below is needed to use the Online Hotline messaging service:

We are working continuously to provide support for more browsers.

1in6 has partnered with RAINN to advance 1in6's mission: to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier and happier lives, and to help their friends and loved ones by providing additional support, information, and resources. As a part of this partnership, RAINN provides for 1in6 an online helpline, which is reached through (the "Online SupportLine").


Terms of Service

1in6 and RAINN have designed this Online SupportLine with your privacy and safety as the top priority. Before logging in to the Online SupportLine, please read each of the following policies carefully, understanding that some may apply to you more than others.

1. Safety
Please read our User Safety Procedures here. Your safety is very important, so please read this information now, before you use this service. If you are using a shared computer, or have any concerns about someone monitoring your computer, there are things that you can do on your own computer in order to enchance your privacy and to stay safe. These safety procedures are useful for anyone who uses computers, and some are necessary for anyone to safely use the internet.

  • If you think your computer is not safe and private, find a safer computer.
  • We have taken numerous measures to keep your communications safe while using our site. However, please note that no Internet transmissions are 100% secure.
  • If you would prefer to talk to someone by telephone, call 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

2. Privacy and Confidentiality
Please read our Privacy Policy here.

  • We do not ask for any information that can be used to identify you.
  • Support sessions are not recorded or stored.
  • If you indicate an immediate danger of committing suicide, if you are under 13, or otherwise as required by law, we may have to provide the information that you have given us to the appropriate authorities.
  • Although we have taken precautions to protect your confidentiality, it is possible that a court of law will not keep private, and may require us to reveal, information that you provide during your Online SupportLine session. If you are concerned about this possibility, please use the telephone hotline instead, at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).

3. User Agreement
Please read our User Agreement here.

When you use the Online SupportLine, you agree that RAINN, RAINN's affiliates and 1in6 will not be liable for any damages or injuries resulting from the use, or inability to use, the Online SupportLine and its contents.

When you check the boxes below, it means that you understand and agree to the terms of these agreements and policies. If you do not agree, you may not use the Online SupportLine.

When you check the boxes below, it means that you understand and agree to the terms of these agreements and policies. If you do not agree, you may not use the Online SupportLine.

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