Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

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We truly appreciate your support for our project Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

We wanted to let you know that we have changed the name of the organization from the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center and our Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program to one name: 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.

Since the #MeToo Movement, we have experienced an almost 30% increase in demand for services for American sexual assault victims abroad. As a donor to this project, you are helping victims every day get help during the worst experience of their lives.

Thank you so much for your support and for your belief in our mission!

In 2017, with your help, we helped 301 American victims of sexual assault in 51 foreign countries. Of these, 183 of victims received long term, intensive case management and holistic services.

The most sexual assaults among the survivors we assisted occured in Spain, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Greece, Thailand and Switzerland. We have conducted extensive outreach efforts to raise awareness of our program in these countries. We believe our outreach efforts encourage American victims of sexual assault to reach out to us for assistance. We do not believe that sexual assault of Americans occur more in these countries.

This project is competing for a spot in the Global Giving Girl Fund. Please consider making a gift as low as $10 to help us keep helping American victims of sexual assault abroad.

We truly appreciate your support!

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

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


Margret and Varad met online, Varad was quite charming to Margret who had a shy personality. After two and a half years of talking to each other every day and one visit from Varad to Ohio where Margret lived, Varad convinced Margret she must come to Jaipur, India.

Margret and Varad’s relationship was exciting and new, Margret could not resist visiting Varad in India. However, as soon as Margret arrived Varad seemed to be a different person. Her visit was not like how she imaged it would be at all. Varad was not the kind person he pretended to be, he sexually assaulted Margret the very first day she was there. She was heartbroken and terrified of Varad, she called a SASHAA case manager as soon as she was able. SASHAA arranged a ride to the airport as well as help her change her flight back to Ohio as soon as possible. SASHAA connected Margret to a sexual assault program in her hometown and continues to provide a counselor to Margret.

Without the support of our donors we wouldn’t have been able to assist Margret in her time of crisis.

Thank you for allowing us to do this work!


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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
$4,719 raised of $60,000 goal
75 donations
$55,281 to go
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