Talk to someone
RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which is free, confidential, and available 24/7/365 in English and Spanish. RAINN works in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.
When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. You can also chat online with a counselor at hotline.rainn.org.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic violence hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7/365 in English and Spanish. On the website, there’s a chat function that’s also available all day, every day, as well as a wealth of resources with info for state coalitions, counseling services, shelters, and legal aid. There’s also a library of articles about healthy relationships, boundaries, recognizing abuse, and talking to teens about domestic violence.
Find a support group
You can use the Psychology Today support group search to find sexual trauma support group therapy near you.
Share your story
Brave Miss World (anonymous)
A Survivor Not a Victim blog (anonymous)
Report abuse of a child
“Children cannot protect themselves, and very young children, who are often the target of predators, in many cases are unable to speak for themselves. As adults, we all have a responsibility to protect children and take action when we believe a child is being abused.” –
ChildHelp runs the National Child Abuse Helpline, and they can be reached 24/7. They talk to people of all ages who have experienced parental abuse and can help you report instances of child abuse. They also provide resources for prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Helpline availability varies according to state and call center. Darkness to Light also has resources for reporting child sex abuse and human trafficking.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of all types of crime, including sexual violence. The Center provides public policy advocacy; training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals; a toll-free hotline for crime victims; and a virtual library containing publications, current statistics with references, a list of recommended readings, and bibliographies.
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
NCDSV develops and provides innovative training and consultation, influences policy, and promotes collaboration and diversity in working to end domestic and sexual violence.
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
NCAVP is a coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence, harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization.
National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)
NAPIESV provides technical assistance and support to local and community-based programs and governmental organizations serving survivors of violence against women to develop or enhance their capacity to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of sexual violence.
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
This national organization supports women of color and organizations by and for communities of color, using a multi-strategy approach.
NO MORE seeks to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
Raliance is a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation and is a resource for policymakers, advocates, service providers, prevention practitioners, and the media. It is comprised of three national sexual violence prevention organizations: thee National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assaults (CALCASA)-PreventConnect, and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV).
Violence Against Women Electronic Network (VAWnet)
VAWnet provides a collection of full-text, searchable resources on domestic violence, sexual violence, and related issues as well as links to an “In the News” section, calendars listing trainings, conferences, grants, and access to the Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month subsites.