Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad

Feb 19, 2014

Increase In Sexual Assault Victims Calling For Help!

We truly appreciate your support of American sexual assault victims overseas! Since we launched the website we have seen an increase in the number of victims seeking our services in the worst time of their lives.

This year already, 2014, we have assisted three American sexual assault victims. We would not be able to do this without donations like yours.

Here is what one of the victims told her SASHAA program case manager, Eva, over the phone:

"I feel like you have been the only light in this awful darkness. I can't tell my family about what happened. I feel they would blame me. I don't know what I would have done without you."

I can't thank you enough for chosing to donate to our sexual assault support project on Global Giving.

Warmest wishes always, Paula

Dec 27, 2013

SASHAA Program Website On-line!

Earlier this year we were able to publish our SASHAA Program website!

With this website we are witnessing an ever increasing number of calls from American sexual assault victims who have found us on-line through our website.

This is because of donors like you who believe in our mission.

Here is a quote from one victim: "Having Lucinda as my case manager at such a terrible time in my life was my life-line. I had so many people telling me what to do, but Lucinda listened to me, asked me what I wanted, and told me that every decision was mine. She provided so much support to me. Thank you."

Thank you for your belief in our mission.

With gratitude, The AODVC Team

Oct 4, 2013

Memoir gives deep insight into why Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center was founded

Harvesting Stones Cover
Harvesting Stones Cover

First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad program. This program is a critical resource for Americans living and traveling in foreign countries who find themselves victimized, alone and afraid, at the most terrifyinge moment of their lives.

As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.

If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to

For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on at a discounted price of only $2.99. 

Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!

 I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula


Sep 11, 2013

Sexual assault victim calls increased this summer

As we rolled our our SASHAA program, Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad, we have seen an increase in the number of sexual assault calls this past summer. Because of donors like you, American sexual assault victims overseas have someone they can talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are hoping more victims will find the strength and courage to reach out after an assault for help knowing we are available for confidential, empathetic support.

"I felt so alone until I spoke with Ana. She helped me get through a terrible experience. I am now back home but Ana continues to provide me with support and I am going through your counseling program. Ana is my angel!"

Thank you for all you do to help American sexual assault victims overseas.

Warmest wishes, Paula

Jun 19, 2013

Tara thanks you!

Tara was the victim of an American sexual assault on a cruise ship off the coast of a foreign country. What was the dream trip of a lifetime for Tara turned into the worst nightmare of her life. She was afraid to tell her family and was unsure what to do. She found us and we were able to help Tara with resources, counseling and let her know the options she had for medical treatment and law enforcement reporting. Tara has a long way to go but is doing so much better.

Here is a note from Tara: Thank you for donating to this organization. They were there for me and understood the difficult time I am going through. I will overcome this and be stronger. Thank you.

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Paula Lucas

Portland, OR United States

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