Global Sexual Assault Prevention & Crisis Response

by Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

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.

In the first three months of 2015, we assisted 21 American sexual assault victims. This was possible because of donations such as yours.

One of these victims was Cora. She was sexually assaulted while teaching English in Costa  Rica.  Another was Susanna. She was sexually assaulted while on vacation with her family in England Another, Sheri, who was sexually assaulted while on a business trip in Spain. Then there is Nicole. Nicole was in a study abroad program in Japan.

All of these young women were enjoying the time of their life when their lives were horribly disrupted by sexual assault. We are able to provide them services in the hopes our help will help them heal.

Thank you so much for caring! The SASHAA Team.

Ingrid was teaching English in Costa Rica. She loved her students, the quaint town she lived in, the people, everything. When she was attacked in her small home, beaten and sexually assaulted, her world fell apart. Her mother called us crying, desperate to find help for Ingrid. One of our contacts in Costa Rica was able to get Ingrid to a doctor and help her file a police report. We have been providing free counseling for Ingrid. Her court case is coming up next month and because of donations like yours, she will be able to go to court with a psychologist by her side. Ingrid has a long way to go but she is doing because we are able to help sexual assault victims with your support. Thank you so much!

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Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

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