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): 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 online.rainn.org. 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 24/7.
Pathways to Safety International: Pathways empowers victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad. Pathway's 24/7 crisis line can be reached at 833-SAFE-833 (833-723-3833) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on campus through the Office of Equity 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.