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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

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN):  RAINN offers live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends and families. Call the toll-free hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or chat online with a trained RAINN support specialist at The Online Hotline works like other instant messaging and online chat systems, but with enhanced security measure.  The online hotline or chat is free of charge and available 24/7Go Overseas outlines both prevention tips and resources following sexual violence

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 on campus through the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance and their resource materials and guides as well as the Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) and their resources both on- and off-campus. If you have a university-related concern, the Office of the Ombudsperson provides confidential and informal assistance for resolving concerns and working through issues.