Help American Sexual Assault Victims Abroad

by Pathways to Safety International Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified

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.

In 2015, we provided direct assistance to 106 American sexual assault victims in 24 countries, and one on an airplane over international water. A total of 240 people were served including those that sent inquiries to our Know B4UGO program.

We would not have been able to provide these services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without support like yours.

Here is a note from one survivor:

"When I first called you last summer I thought my life wasn't worth living. I was so ashamed. After all of your help and counseling I am moving forward. Now I know it is not my fault. You have given me my life back."

We want to thank your for helping us help American sexual assault victims in the darkest hour of their lives!

The AODVC Team

Wendy began teaching English in Ecuador in September. She loved her job, her students and her co-workers. On her time off she wandered though the cobblestone streets and visited Kichwa villages & the Amazon Rain Forest. She would go home to her apartment and paint. It was her paradise on earth until a co-worker sexually assaulted her in her apartment. She had invited several friends over for dinner. After everyone else left, he lingered, saying he was leaving the next day back to England and wanted to spend a bit more time with her. Wendy never imagined he would force himself on her. She tried to scream for help but he held a knife to her throat.

As many victims do, Wendy felt ashamed. She wanted to pretend the whole thing didn't happen.  We provided Wendy with funds to see a medical doctor for STD testing. We also provided counseling and continue on-going case management.

Wendy has decided to stay in Ecuador. She is doing better because of donations like yours. Thank you for caring about helping Americans who are sexually assaulted overseas.

The SASHAA Team.

Dallas went on a volunteer program to Costa Rica in July. She was having the best time of her life. The last night of the program one of the other volunteers snuck into her room in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted her.

Dallas' first instinct was to fight, but he was much bigger and stronger than she was. He held a knife against her throat and told her if she moved he would kill her. She was paralized with fear. After, he told her that no one would believe it wasn't consensual. He left after insulting her and telling her that if he heard her scream he would come back and do it again. She was terrified. She took a shower and cried herself to sleep.

Dallas called us the day after the attack. She didn't want anyone to know, especially her parents and the volunteer program. We discussed medical and law enforcement options with Dallas. Her assailant had already left Costa Rica and her parents were flying in that day to spend a week before they went back home.

She is back in the USA now and connected to free counseling. Dallas wants to volunteer with us to help prevent this happening to other Americans traveling overseas.

Dallas is thankful for the counseling we were able to provide because of donations like yours. Thank you from the SASHAA Team!

Dakota went overseas for a one-year high school study abroad program in France in September 2014. The night before she was flying home to the USA one of the sons of her host family came into her room and raped her. He held a knife to her throat, gagged her and tied her to the bed. Her bedroom was in the basement and the parents room was on the second floor on the other side of the house. She was in shock. This was someone who she trusted. He had befriended here immediately when she arrived in France.

He used a condom, saying no one would believe her that it was not consensual. When he left the room she couldn't even think straight. The next morning he pretended like nothing happened. Like he was still her best buddy. Dakota felt like she was in a nightmare. Her host parents kept asking her if she was okay on the way to the airport. She told them she was just sad because she was leaving.

Dakota called us when she got home. She does not want anyone to know. She is getting counseling thanks to donations like yours. It will take time, but with support, she is going to be okay. She did ask the study abroad program to not send anymore girls to that family, saying it was probably better to send boys because they would have more in common. She doesn't want it to happen to someone else.


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Pathways to Safety International

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Paula Lucas
Portland, OR United States
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