Emay had dreamed of traveling around Europe during the summer of 2018 for years. He saved enough money for two months of travel and his employer promised him he would have his job back as an administrative assistant at a law firm when he returned.
Emay was staying in a hostel in France when he was physically attacked, gaged and raped by two men in one of the hostle bathrooms. He believes he was targeted because he was gay and black.
He was found by another hostle resident and taken to the hospital. Emay called us and we were able to provide French language translation, funds for medical treatment and a night in a safe hotel.
Emay decided to continue his travels. We are providing ongoing counseling and having Emay check in with us on a daily basis. He is traumatized by the attack, but determined to complete his trip as planned.
Thank you for helping LGBTQ youth like Emay who experience violence abroad. The Pathways Team.
We truly appreciate your support for our project Help American LGBTQ Victims of Violence Overseas.
We wanted to let you know that we have changed the name of the organization from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Pathways To Safety International.
We feel the new name better reflects the work we do to help American victims of interpersonal and gender based violence abroad.
As a donor to this project, you are providing critical services to LGBTQ victims of sexual assault and hate crimes abroad 24/7/365. While the demand for help grows, we are so thankful for your support and belief in our mission!
Diane decided to take three months off from work. Her role as an executive in a marketing firm had become too stressful and she needed a break.
In Costa Rica, she found the pace she was looking for in a small village. One night, a neighbor quite familiar to Diane came by to chat. She invited him inside for a cup of coffee. When he made a pass at her, Diane told him that she liked him as a friend and explained she was gay.
The neighbor became more argressive, forced Diane down on the couch and tried to rape her. Fortunately, another neighbor, Amy, heard her scream and came by to see what was going on. With Amy's help, Diane was able to fight off the neighbor.
When Diane called the police, the neighbor said she had consented. The police did not arrest the neighbor.
We have been able to provide counseling and other support to Diane because of donations like yours.
Thank you so much for caring about about helping Americans who identify with the LGBTQ community who are victims of violence so far from home.
Since the #Metoo movement began, we have seen an overall increase of 30% in American sexual assault victims overseas needing services. We are also experiencing a surge in services to young men and women who identify with the LGBTQ community.
The federal government recently discontinued funding our sexual assault program, choosing to only continued funding services to domestic violence victims.
This loss of funding is devastating.
If you are thinking of donating again this holiday season, please consider donating to help Rick who was sexually assaulted in Nepal.
For Angie's college graduation, her grandmother who raised her gave her money with the promise that Angie would use it to travel abroad for 3 months. Angie was ecstatic! She left for her big adventure in early September after working over the summer.
Two months into Angie's trip she was drugged and sexually assaulted while in India. When Angie called us she was alone, terrified and afraid to tell her grandmother. We helped Angie with crisis intervention including medical and law enforcement response.
Angie decided to continue her trip and we have provided ongoing support and counseling to her on her journey. Angie will be coming home next week.
It is because of donors like you that we can help young people who identify in the LGBTQ community when they are sexually assaulted abroad. Thank you!
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