Dec 12, 2017

Calls from battered military spouses increasing

In 2017 we are experiencing an increase in cases of battered military spouses reaching out for assistance. While the military has a system for reporting domestic abuse, victims are often afraid to speak to a military family advocate. They are worried that if they detail the abuse to an advocate, the report may go from restricted to unrestriced and the abusive spouse will find out they sought help.

We are able to be the anonymous, confidential refuge that these victims need while they are deciding which course of action they want to take. We often work for weeks and months with a victim before they decide what the best options and outcomes are for them.

If you are thinking of donating again to help abused military spouses this holiday season, please consider making a donation to Maribel to help her get counseling.

Thank you for all of your support in 2017!

Dec 11, 2017

#Metoo movement results in a 30% increase in Americans sexually assaulted abroad seeking services

Since the #Metoo movement began, we have experienced a 30% increase in Americans sexually assaulted abroad seeking services. Nova is one of those victims. Nova has been studying abroad in Switzerland. A couple of weekends ago, Nova and some of her girlfriends went skiing.They had a wonderful time and met many students from other countries. Back at their hotel, they met up with some of the other students they had met skiing.

One young man from Italy and Nova had a lot in common. After everyone went back to their rooms, Nova stayed with him in the lobby, talking and having a last drink before turning in. That is the last think Nova remembers. The next morining, she woke up naked and alone in a hotel room she didn't recognize. Nova immediately realized she had been drugged and sexually assaulted.

Terrified and feeling sick, she dressed and made her way to her hotel room. Her friends had been frantically looking for Nova. One of her friends called us and put Nova on the phone.

Our case managers, Sarah, spent several hours on the phone with Nova, gently explaining Nova's options for law enforcement and medical response. Because of donors like you we were able to pay for a medical exam and rape kit for Nova.The police are still investigating.

Thank you for helping American sexual assault victims like Nova. We hope you will consider making another donation to our project this holiday season to help us help more victims abroad. Best. Paula

Dec 11, 2017

Update on Marisa & Lexi!

We are so happy to update you on Marisa & Lexi. Last month we let you know how donors like you had helped Marisa escape abuse in Brazil and come home with her daughter Lexi.

Marisa emailed us this past week and let us know that she started a job that she loves as an assistant to an executive in a large corporation. She is so excited! Here is part of what she said:

"This job will enable me to support Lexi on my own. But it would have never been possible if you didn't provide the resources I needed to escape Brazil and come home. Your help empowered me to go back to work after being dependent on my husband since Lexi was born. Once I get back on my feet I am going to donate to you so you can help other American women and children like me and Lexi."

We are so excited to see that Marisa is doing great!

Donations like yours helped Marisa & Lexi. This holiday season, please consider giving to help Angie bring Ava home safely so they too can live a life without abuse back home.

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