Sexual violence is a huge problem that affects many people across the world regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, or race. Below are some resources to help those facing sexual violence to get out of unsafe situations, cope with trauma and the recovery process, or find local resources.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Find a local center here.
“RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
“The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
We envision a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are treated with dignity and respect and have full autonomy over their own bodies and sexual expression.”
“Safe Horizon was founded in 1978, and provides support for victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and more. As well as connecting victims with advocates who can help them report their assaults or find counseling, it also offers direct legal assistance to low-income victims, as well as free legal information and advice.”
For help with rape and sexual assault, please call: 212-227-3000.
- Or call NYC’s 311.
- In an emergency, call 911.
- TDD machine for hearing impaired clients for all hotlines: 866-604-5350.
Planned Parenthood has been an important resource for many people seeking medical attention after a sexual assault. If you’re unable to go to a hospital directly after an assault, Planned Parenthood can help collect evidence. They can also assist in medical care after an assault has already happened, including testing or treatment for STIs, pregnancy testing, and abortions.
Planned Parenthood can also discreetly refer you to counseling or legal assistance in the case of domestic abuse. They will ask these types of questions during most medical intakes where you can discuss your situation and ask for help.
*If you are under 18 years old, Planned Parenthood (as well as other medical providers and support services) are required to notify law enforcement if we have reason to believe you are being abused, neglected, or hurt.