Wednesday, May 5, 2010

U.S. Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Rape

MYTH: Because of a few violent incidents, the issue of rape tends to be over-dramatized.

FACT: Over one-third of all women in this country will be sexually assaulted or abused during their lifetimes. In Virginia, in 1997, there were 1774 reported rapes. According to the FBI, this represents between 10 and 20 percent of the actual number of rapes.
-- Project Horizon. Common Myths About Sexual Assault

Sexual assault and rape affect thousands and thousands of women each year - in America and around the world. While women are disproportionately the targets of sexual violence, it is important to acknowledge that men are also survivors of sexual assault and rape.

The First Response Action Coalition has compiled a list of resources for survivors of sexual assault and rape. If you know of other resources that would be valuable to survivors, please contact Please feel free to share these resources with someone you know who may have been sexually assaulted.


No matter what your situation, you are not alone. There are people and resources available to help you!

1 comment:

  1. I found it helpful to not just seek out help for the physical/sexual assault resources available in communities, but to take it to the next level and acknowleding the TRAUMA that is involved in being assaulted while serving overseas. Be sure to look into trauma-specific programs, some are half day or full day programs, others are inpatient programs, and at the very least, finding a good trauma therapist is essential.