Sexual Assault

In giving language to my experience, I hope I can make rape less 'unspeakable.' I hope to dispel at least some part of the fear and shame that has made victims mute - Nancy Raine, After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back, 1998

Sexual Assault

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Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths — or crimes — can be rendered invisible. Such as rape.

Hidden in Plain Sight is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.” Even if we want to see these facts, however, the many myths about rape prevent us from doing so.


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 Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths — or crimes — can be rendered invisible. Such as rape.

Its On Us

It's on all of us to stop sexual assault.


NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Supported by major organizations working to address these urgent issues, NO MORE is gaining support with Americans nationwide, sparking new conversations about these problems and moving this cause higher on the public agenda.

Yes Means Yes

Yes Means Yes is a groundbreaking new look at rape, edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and founder Jessica Valenti. Through the anthology — and now this blog — we’re trying to move beyond “no means no” to connect the dots between the shaming and co-option of female sexuality in our culture(s) and some of the ways rape is allowed and encouraged to function.


Our mission is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.

A Rape Survivor's Journey

Hi, My name is Susie. I'm a survivor of child Sexual Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence. Sadly to say I suffer from its aftermath. Its been a long and difficult journey for me, but I blog to break the silence that keeps me from living a normal life. I blog so that other survivors of rape and domestic violence can hopefully come forward and reclaim their lives. We are not alone. I blog for peace of mind.

After Silence

Welcome to After Silence, an online support group, message board, and chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors. You are not alone, you are not broken, and you can heal.

Brave Miss World

Linor Abargil was held captive, stabbed, and raped just before winning the Miss World crown. Ten years later, convinced she is healed, Linor decides to confront her past and reach out to other survivors.

Campus Assault and Rape Survivors Online Network

A safe place for survivors of campus rape and assault to share their stories and learn that they are not alone in their experiences.

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres

We are a Pan Canadian group of sexual assault centres who have come together to implement the legal, social and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, rape and sexual assault. As feminists we recognize that violence against women is one of the strongest indicators of prevailing societal attitudes towards women. The intent of the Canadian Association is to act as a force for social change regarding violence against women at the individual, the institutional and the political level.


Today CyberAngels is one of the oldest and most respected online safety education programs in the world. Under the leadership of Anthony de Araujo and Katya Gifford, the program has expanded to become a virtual learning community - earning a prominent position among online safety education providers.

Cyberbullying Research Center

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying.”

Darkness to Light

End Child Sexual Abuse. Our programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Date Safe Project

The DATE SAFE Project, Inc. provides positive how-to skills and helpful insights for addressing verbal consent (asking first), respecting of boundaries, sexual decision-making, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors (opening the door for family and friends).


Are you a Deaf survivor of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking? DAWN provides crisis intervention services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities.

End Rape on Campus

End Rape on Campus is a national organization providing confidential, complimentary resources to survivors, parents, alumni, and faculty seeking support.


FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, we have been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.


Girlthrive Inc. is the only organization to honor teen girls and young women who have survived incest and all sex abuse through thriverships, opportunity and education.

It Happened to Alexa Foundation

The purpose of the It Happened to Alexa Foundation is to help 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.

Know Your IX

Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence. Running on grassroots energy, we educate students across the country about their civil right to education free from sexual violence and harassment while also pushing policy and legislative change on the national level for better federal enforcement of that same right.


Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men.

Men Can Stop Rape

To institutionalize primary prevention of men’s violence against women through sustained initiatives that generate positive, measurable outcomes in populations throughout the world.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

The goal of VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women is to use electronic communication technology to enhance efforts to prevent violence against women and intervene more effectively when it occurs.

National Organization for Victim Assistance

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States as the recognized leader in this noble cause.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.

National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center

Welcome to the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center website (NVAWPRC). Both this website and the NVAWPRC are sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have designed this website to be useful to scientists, practitioners, advocates, grassroots organizations, and any other professional or lay person interested in current topics related to violence against women and its prevention.

Not Alone

Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.

One Step at a Time

The Self-Care after Rape series is a set of tips and tricks from a small group of survivors.


Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.


The goal of PreventConnect is to advance the primary prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts. PreventConnect also builds the capacity of local, state, territorial, national and tribal agencies and organizations to develop, implement and evaluate effective prevention initiatives.

Project Respect

Project Respect is a group of youth and adults who work together to create awareness and dialogue around the issue of sexualized violence by encouraging critical thinking about its root causes - gender expectations and stereotypes, imbalances and abuses of power, and the ongoing colonization of the lands and the systems we live in.

Project Unbreakable

The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art.

Rape and PTSD – FemalePtsd

My journey after being gang raped and being diagnosed with PTSD.

Rape Crisis England & Wales

Rape Crisis England & Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for our network of independent member Rape Crisis organisations. On this website you will find: information about how to get help if you've experienced sexual violence, including details of your nearest Rape Crisis organisation; information for friends, partners, family and other people supporting or wanting to help a sexual violence survivor; more information about rape and other forms of sexual violence, including reports and stats that might be of use and interest to students, journalists etc.;

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.

We see "Rape Is…" as a necessary updating of "Rape Culture" and a new attempt at creating a fundamental change at how we perceive sexual assault.

Safe Helpline

Sexual assault support for the DoD community.

See Act Stop

As The Hunting Ground played in theaters, and was screened at conferences, universities and even at the White House, more and more people wanted to do more than just watch. They wanted to take action and work to stop sexual assault on campus. See Act Stop is a way for film viewers, coalition partners and other activists to gather, trade notes and — via actions large and small – collectively act to push the general public, policymakers and school officials to see, act to do something to stop these violent acts and reduce their impact.

Sexual Assault Response Team

The goal of this Web site is to provide information and technical assistance to individuals and institutions interested in developing new SANE-SART programs or improving existing ones.

Sexual Assault Support Service

The Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) is a community based service committed to providing high quality support and information services to survivors of sexual assault in Southern Tasmania, their carers and support people, professionals, and the general public.

If you've been sexually assaulted, or sexually abused as a child, you're not alone. We are a Canadian sexual abuse resources website. We provide information for sexual assault and abuse victims, including information on criminal prosecution for sexual offences in Canada.

Stalking Resource Center

Since its inception, the SRC has trained over 100,000 professionals who work with victims in all 50 states, two US Territories, the District of Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Germany and provided technical assistance to hundreds of communities seeking to enhance their response to stalking.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

This site is intended to be a resource to survivors of child sexual abuse, and we hope it can be an aid in your recovery.

Take Back The Night Foundation

The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

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