Pele was studying abroad in France. She wanted to improve her French so she began taking additional French lessons outside of her university studies. One night after class, the instructor invited her to a nearby restaurant to help her work on ordering food in a restaurant in French. Dinner went well. After dinner they stayed for one more glass of wine. That is the last thing Pele remembers.
The next morning Pele called us on our international toll free hotline from her bed. She said she thought she had been drugged and sexually assaulted but she couldn't remember anything.
One of our case managers, Linda, provided emotional support while Pele strugged to remember. Linda walked Pele through self-collection of evidence, let her know what her law enforcement and medical options were. Pele chose to make a police report. Linda stayed on the line and connected a French translator on the phone to facilitate the police report. Linda also coordinated a rape kit with the local medical facility.
Pele continues to receive services from us and the perpetrator is under investigation.
Here is a note from Pele. "Linda was incredible. She spent four hours on the phone with me with a French translator. I would have had no idea what to do. I am so thankful."
We want to thank you for helping American sexual assault victims abroad!
We would also like you to know that we are changing our name from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Pathways to Safety International, with the tag line: Empowering victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad.
This name better reflects the scope of work we do to help Americans experiencing violence abroad.
Thank you so much for your support! Paula Lucas, Founder & Executive Director
Mila called us from the Phillipines last month. She and her daughter Sydney were both experiencing emotional and psychological abuse from her husband. Every evening her husband would drink and begin screaming at both Mila and Sydney, telling them how useless they were. He began calling them names. Then he began threatening violence to: teach them a lesson. Afraid, one night after her husband fell asleep, Mila called us.
We safety planned with Mila for several weeks. Finally, the opportunity came for Mila and Sydney to escape, get to the airport and fly home.
They are living with Mila's parents for now. Sydney is much better too! She is back to her smiling, happy self!
Thank you for rescuing Mila & Sydney!
Marisa and Lexi are home safe and sound because of donors like you! Marisa's husband was working in Brazil on a temporary six month contract. Marisa went to Brazil with Lexi for a one month visit. When Marisa arrived with Lexi her husband took their American passports for "safe keeping." During their time in Brazil her husband became more and more critical and verbally abusive towards Marisa. At one point he threw a coffee mug in anger at Marisa while she was holding Lexi because she didn't put sugar in his coffee. Marisa decided to keep things as calm as possible until she and Lexi were able to return home.
When it came time to fly back home he would not let Marisa have the passports and told her she wasnt going anywhere. Marisa called us one night after her husband became physically violent. We worked with Marisa and the American Embassy and were able to get new emergency passports issued and their flights back to the USA rebooked.
Here is part of a note from Marisa. "What I thought was going to be a nice visit turned into a nightmare. He swore that he had changed and if we came to visit him we would see that he was different. He wasn't. Without you I might have been stuck in Brazil for a long time. Thank you so much for rescuing me and Lexi!"