The US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, May 2013, Consular Affairs By The Numbers, states that 7.6 million Americans live overseas and 68 million travel overseas annually. Extrapolating CDC figures for female victimization in the USA annually, victimization for these populations are 45,000 cases of domestic violence and 7,000 cases of sexual assault of Americans living overseas. For Americans traveling overseas, over 400,000 domestic violence and 68,000 sexual assaults occur.
500 victims will receive intensive case management enabling them to leave abusive home with their children and pets at an average cost of $144 per family. Case managers help victims navigate the complicated foreign legal, social and medical landscapes in the foreign country while providing a continuum of coordinated care. Case managers are the cornerstone of services for victims, advocating to American Embassies or Consulates, domestic violence and sexual assault programs.
This program aims to not only get 500 victims, their children and pets to safety, but to stop the generational cycle of violence, empowering victims to live their lives free of abuse.
http://www.866uswomen.org and www.sashaa.org
Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad
Memoir of Founder & Executive Director