Additional Supportive Resources
The resources outlined below are not an exhaustive list of agencies and services in each country. Additional resources can be found through GeoBlue (Northwestern’s international medical assistance and insurance provider) or the closest U.S. Embassy and Consulates.
U.S. government resources
A list of resources and explanation of services from the U.S. Department of State for U.S. citizen victims of crime abroad.
International resources/support services
International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies: Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women's organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): Toll-free 24/7 hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: (800) 656-HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers a hotline that provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends and families over RAINN's website. The online hotline is free of charge and available 24/7.
Sexual Assault Help and Support for Americans Abroad (SASHAA): Phone, email or live chat with staff in the Crisis Center: SASHAA Provides sexual assault prevention and response regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or location worldwide.
It Happened To Alexa: Established in 2003, the Alexa Foundation helps support rape survivors through the trauma of the criminal trial, in the hopes that more survivors will go through with the prosecution in order to put these perpetrators behind bars. The foundation also assists rape victims’ families with travel expenses during the litigation process.
- Cosmopolitan magazine explains how to respond to a sexual assault abroad
- Go Overseas outlines both prevention tips and resources following sexual violence
- “Sexual Assault Victimization Among Female Undergraduates During Study Abroad,” is an article investigates the prevalence of sexual assault victimization and related factors among undergraduates in the context of study abroad programs
Support at home
Sometimes, students don’t want to talk about a sexual assault abroad until they return to campus. In this case, know that there are many resources and support services available to you through the Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE). CARE also provides lists of resources both on- and off-campus.