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.
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!
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.
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