Sexual assault is too prevalent in our society. You may be a victim of sexual assault or have a friend or loved one who needs help. These resources are all based in the United States. If you or another person you know need assistance, please don’t wait.
If you aren’t a victim but want to volunteer or donate, these resources can be a starting point to help you find a way to become involved. The
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This organization attempts to prevent and respond to sexual assault in America.
They educate, provide free information online, and work with individuals, communities, and service providers. They have a free library and many other online resources.
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the country. They run a national hotline for victims. Even during the pandemic, the phones are open. 1-800-656-HOPE is the number. 95 percent of donations go directly toward helping victims.
DOD Safe Helpline
This is a separate program that RAINN runs for victims who have questions related to military services. They have online resources like chat groups that help survivors. You can also confidentially call 1-877-995-5247 to talk. They have created an app that guides people through self-care routines and gives other help.
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards
This organization has put together an accessible resource for crime victims to find help with legal bills and seek compensation for violent crimes, including sexual assault.
Each state in America sets up a board to help victims as there is no national program.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This was created by an act of Congress as part of the Children’s Health Act. Its aim is to improve care standards for children who have suffered abuse or witnessed abuse in their families.
One of the main goals this organization has is to improve mental healthcare for victims of sexual assault. They work with providers all around the country to make this happen free of charge.
This website has one of the most comprehensive lists of shelters for abuse victims in the country. You can search for a shelter in your area using their form.
They provide practical advice for victims of abuse who need to get out of their living arrangements and articles on many aspects of abuse and how to escape.