Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

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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.

Rikki decided to take a break from college after her sophmore year. She saved up enough money to backpack around Europe and Asia for six months. Her trip of a lifetime tragically ended when she was sexually assaulted in a hostel in Thailand.

The last thing Rikki remembers was drinking a glass of wine after dinner with other travelers at the hostel. The next morning she woke up in her bed, bruised and bleeding. Rikki had done some research before she left on her trip and had our phone number with her. We were able to immediately get Rikki to a hospital to get medical attention and prophylactics.

Rikki didn't know who sexually assaulted her but two men that were at the hostel the night before had left. They must hadve drugged her glass of wine when she turned to speak to another backpacker at the table. Rikki decided to end her trip and come home.

Because of donors like you, we were able to help Rikki get into a hotel for a couple of nights, change her ticket, and get connected to a rape crisis center in her town.

Rikki is doing better. She is in counseling and plans to work for the summer until she starts her Junior year in the fall. She is very thankful for all the assistance we provided.


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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
$4,556 raised of $60,000 goal
69 donations
$55,444 to go
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