Where to Turn After Sexual Abuse or Violence

Whether you’re a survivor or supporting a friend or family member, these organizations understand and want to help.
Published April 2, 2018
Resources for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Going through the trauma of sexual assault or sexual violence can be terrifying and often isolating—but you are not alone. If you need help, here’s where to turn, wherever you are on your journey.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
800-656-HOPE (4673)
Find your local call center here: https://centers.rainn.org/
RAINN runs programs to help survivors, as well as those to prevent sexual violence, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Its website provides resources on how to get help and next steps to take, as well as an online 24/7 chat.

End Rape on Campus (EROC)
424-777-EROC (3762)
EROC provides free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence. Its staff is also happy to meet with students and student groups to discuss on-campus efforts and how to address ongoing challenges.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The mission of the NSVRC is “to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing, and creating resources, and promoting research.” Its website features information about where survivors can get help.

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV)
(202) 869-8520
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence educates the policy community about federal laws, legislation, and appropriations impacting the fight to end sexual violence. It provides information for survivors about how they might respond to the crisis and the healing process.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
(202) 588-5180
The NWLC has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. It champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their journeys with a staff of committed advocates.

Know Your IX
Know Your IX is a survivor-and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. The organization “envisions a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to an education free from violence and harassment.”

The mission of 1in6 is "to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives." They also serve family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources. 

Also check out local resources in your community.


Resources for Friends and Family

If someone you love is a survivor of sexual assault or sexual violence, the above resources will also be helpful to you. In addition, you may want to look at:

NSVRC’s Friends and Family Resources
These resources provide advice for friends and family about how to provide support without unintentionally increasing the stress that survivors experience or otherwise inadvertently doing harm.

The US Department of Justice Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
This page will assist you in learning the facts about sexual abuse and help you protect yourself and loved ones from potential harm.