Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

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Dan was traveling in Amsterdam, while at a nightclub Dan was attacked, raped and stabbed in the abdomen. Two other men found him in the bathroom and immediately called an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital.

Dan called our hotline and spoke to Victory, one of our SASHAA case managers, while still at the hospital. He was completely distraught and in shock. Victory spent several hours on the phone with Dan comforting him, listening to him and helping him think about what he wanted to do next. He was overwhelmed with the police asking him questions and Victory stayed with him on the phone the whole time. Dan decided he just wanted to come home.

We helped Dan change his airline ticket for an earlier flight date and paid the difference in his airline ticket.. Dan is still in contact with Victory as he recovers from the assault. His stab is now healed but he will need some time on his emotional wounds.

Thank you for allowing us to help victims like Dan!

Due to generous donors like you our organization was able to assist 282 American victims of sexual assault abroad. This assistance included access to different resources in foreign countries such as hospitals and emergency services.

Without this support Ryan would not have been able to get the emergency contraceptives needed after she was raped in Brazil. April would not have been able to pay for the taxi to the hospital for a medical exam and later the hotel room to feel safe after being sexually assaulted. Sara would not have been able to change her airline ticket to come home earlier after she was sexually assaulted in Thailand.

Thank you for your donations!

Gina was traveling in the UK with several of her friends. They stayed together for safety when they went out together. Gina left her group briefly to use the women's bathroom in a nightclub. As she walked down the hall a man grabed her and pulled her into a storage area. He gagged her, tied her up and threatened her with a knife. He wore a face mask so Gina would be unable to identify him. He sexually assaulted her then left her lying in the storage area.

When she didn't return from the women's room her friends began looking for her. They alerted the manager who conducted a thorough search of the premises and found Gina.

Gina was so distraught she could barely speak. The manager and one of Gina's friends called our hotline and with the help of one of our case managers, she was able to get to a local hospital and receive emergency medical attention and prophylactics. We are providing on-going case management and counseling to Gina. She has a long way to go to recover from such a traumatic assault. Because of donors like you, we are able to assist in the immediate aftermatch of assaults like Gina's. Thank you so much for your support!

When Jennifer called us this week our case manager Linda could barely understand her. Linda waited patiently, offering words of support and encouragement as Jennifer's sobbing slowly subsided.

Jennifer is in a study abroad program in France and had just been sexually assaulted by a study abroad student from another American University. They were friends and they had studied together in the past. He invited her to his host families home to study one night. When Jennifer got there he told her that the host family wasn't home so they could spend some time alone.

When Jennifer felt uncomfortable she made an excuse to leave.That is when he made advances at her. When she resisted, he sexually assaulted her.

Linda was able to help Jennifer get to the hospital where she received medical care and counseling. Linda is still working with Jennifer as she decides what she wants to do next. Here is a note from Jennifer:

"Linda helped me in the darkest hour of my life. I don't know what I would have done without her."

We want to thank you for helping us help American victims of sexual assault abroad! The AODVC Team

Amanda was studying abroad in Madrid when a fellow student sexually assaulted her in her apartment. Amanda was terrified. He had come over to study for a final exam and they each had a glass of wine. He made a pass at her and she told him no. He took a kitchen knife and held it to her throat, forced he onto the floor and raped her.

He told her if she reported him he would say it was Amanda that made a pass at him and the sex was consensual.

Amanda didn't want the study abroad program or her parents to know.

We immediately had one of our volunteer sexual assault advocacy response team members assist Amanda in Madrid with medical needs. Since the semester was over she returned home adn and we got her connected with a counselor in her hometown.

Amanda will be in counseling for a long time. But because of donations like yours, we were able to help her immediately in her darkest hour of need. Thank you! The AODVC Team.


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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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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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