Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

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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

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!


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!


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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
$4,978 raised of $60,000 goal
88 donations
$55,022 to go
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