Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

by Pathways to Safety International
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad
Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

Without a doubt, the past two years have been challenging for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.

With international travel restrictions, study abroad programs suspended and stay at home orders, we have seen less American sexual assault victims needing assistance than average in 2020 and 2021.Because of donations like yours, we are still able to provide dedicated support to those victims who reach out to us in desperate need of help.

We expect 2022 to be the opposite. A surge of Americans sexually assaulted abroad is unfortunately a reality as international travel resumes. Sexual predators that have been isolated and have not had the opportunity to seek out victims will be ready, seeking out thie next victim.

As always, Pathways will be available to assist to the best of our ability.

Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.

The Pathways' Team

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When Vive emailed Pathways she described the horrific details of a sexual assault just hours before. She was alone, terrified and afraid to leave her hotel room, yet desperately wanted to leave as that is where she was assaulted. She said she felt frozen in fear, and ashamed to tell anyone she knew.

Our advocate provided emotional support and helped Vive understand what her options were in France for evidence collection, medical treatment, law enforcement response, and the English speaking helpline in Paris.

Vive decided to make a police report and have a rape kit done. Vive is receiving counseling and other resources back at home in her town in the USA. Vive is very grateful for the support Pathways was able to provide to her immediately after the attack. She would have had no idea what to do without Pathways help.

It's donors like you that make such support possible. Thank you.

The Pathways Team

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Waverly had been working abroad when covid hit. She chose to stay abroad, work from her apartment and ride out the pandemic overseas. Waverly loved the quietness of Rome during covid restrictions. She often walked around her neighborhood enjoying the relative silence which she had rarely experienced before.

Waverly emailed a Pathways' advocate after she had been sexually assaulted during one of her evening walks. The way Waverly described it her attacker literally "jumped out of the bushes" and pulled her back behind them. Waverly screamed and a woman that lived close by, also on an evening walk, witnessed the attack.

The man quickly ran away when the woman arrived at the scene. Waverly told us she was terrified. If the other woman hadn't have shown up, the assault would have been so much worse.

Waverly asked for help with local resources as she wanted to find an English speaking counselor in Rome. She did not want anyone to know what had happened and needed confidentiality. Pathways' successfully connected Waverly to a counselor and Waverly loves her. She is helping Waverly work through the trauma of the assault.

Without donors like you we would not be able to provide support to victims like Waverly. Thank you for caring.

Paula Lucas

Founder

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Helana loves her job working overseas as a photographer for a well-known magazine. The pandemic forced her to take some time off which she welcomed.

Helana loves the outdoors and spent more time outside in her free time taking photographs of a world under lockdown. Every once in a while she invited a friend over to visit as long as they both wore masks and kept 6 feet apart. One evening a male friend of hers came by for a visit. They both shared a love of photography and both worked for the magazine.

Even though Helana had made it clear to her friend that she was not interested in him romantically, he forced himself on her and tried to sexually assault her. Luckily, Helana had studied self-defense and was ultimately able to escape after a struggle. Her friend fled.

Helana has been emailing with a Pathways' advocate processing the attack, receiving emotional support and further resources. She decided not to press charges against her friend. She is concerned about seeing him again at work so Helana will continue to receive support from our advocate to help her through that process.

Without donors like you, we would not be able to continue to help American victims abroad in their time of need.

Thank you for your support!

The Pathways' Team

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Without a doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic has changed the way we work, how we live, kept us in isolation and often plunged us into financial hardship.

With international travel restrictions, study abroad programs suspended and stay at home orders in place, we have seen less sexual assault cases than average in 2020.

We expect 2021 to be the opposite. A surge of Americans sexually assaulted abroad is unfortunately a reality as covid vaccines open up lock downs and international travel resumes. Sexual predators that have been isolated and have not had the opportunity to seek out victims will be ready, seeking out opportunity.

We hope we are wrong, but most organizations providing services to sexual assault victims are anticipating similar increases. We hope you will consider another donation before the end of the year to provide funds to meet the coming demand for our services in 2021. And if not, we understand. This year has been hard on everyone.

Thank you and we wish you and your families happiness, health and prosperity as we enter a New Year.

The Pathways' Team

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