According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 17 men report that they have been raped. In addition to that statistic, nearly 1 in 20 men and women reported being the victims of sexual violence other than rape. The trauma of sexual assault can have a long-term impact on a victim’s physical and mental health. In fact, studies indicate that victims of sexual assault are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Victims are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Seeking treatment can drastically improve mental health outcomes in victims, as they learn immediate and long-term strategies in coping with the trauma of sexual abuse. While we may not be able to provide all of the resources victims need, we have found a number of local and national organizations that we think could be extremely helpful for victims of sexual assault.
Serving Salt Lake County, the Rape Recovery Center offers a number of vital services to sexual assault victims. They offer a 24-hour crisis line in over 150 languages. They also offer a 24-hour Hospital Response Team to advocate for victims during the evidence collection process. The Rape Recovery Center also offers individual therapy, group therapy, a victim advocacy program for dealing with the court process and support to the family, friends and significant others of victims.
The Rape Recovery Center
2035 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Office: (801) 467-7282
Fax: (801) 467-7280
Crisis Line: (801) 467-7273
TTY: (801) 746-551
The Safe Harbor Crisis Center provides domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services in Davis County. The center runs a 24-hour crisis line, support groups, counseling and advocacy services. They also offer a Crisis Response Team to assist victims through the rape kit collection process.
Safe Harbor Crisis Center
Office: (801) 444-3191
Crisis Line: (801) 444-9161
This statewide organization works to both educate professionals who work with sexual assault victims and improve upon responses to sexual assault in the medical, legal and social services professions in Utah. They provide training to crisis response teams and nurses who collect evidence for rape kits. UCASA also provides sexual assault prevention programs to educate the public, offenders, and professionals.
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
284 West 400 North
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
The NSVRC is a nationwide organization dedicated to providing resources and education to sexual assault victims, organizations and professionals. They provide an updated database of the organizations across the United States that provide help to victims of sexual assault. They also coordinate a variety of conferences and training programs to prevent sexual assault and improve victim outcomes.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
124 North Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
Phone: (717) 909-0710
Fax: (717) 909-0714
TTY: (717) 909-0715
Toll-Free: (877) 739-3895
RAINN is a national organization that provides a number of educational, public policy and victim service programs. It is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to treating and preventing sexual assault. RAINN runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which can be accessed by victims by phone or online. They also partner with local sexual assault organizations and can partner victims with local support programs. RAINN also offers the DoD Safe Helpline for Department of Defense workers who are victims of sexual assault.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline:
Telephone: (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
Online Chat: online.rainn.org
DOD Safe Helpline: (877) 995-5247
The It Happened to Alexa Foundation provides financial and emotional support for sexual assault victims and their families. This organization is dedicated to eliminating the financial and emotional barriers that often prevent victims from moving forward with legal proceedings. By providing financial aid to victims and their support systems, the It Happened to Alexa Foundation makes it easier for victims to report and press charges. The organization also provides victim advocacy services for the duration of court proceedings.
It Happened to Alexa Foundation
411 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: (716) 754-9105
Toll-Free: (877) 77-ALEXA (25392)
Fax: (718) 412-9298
Male Survivor provides education and support for male victims of sexual abuse. The organization is well known for their 3-Day Weekends of Recovery program. This program provides support and counseling for men who have been sexually abused as children or as adults. The group also provides resources for local counseling so that victims can continue on with the healing process.
4768 Broadway #527
New York, NY 10034
1in6 is another organization dedicated to the support of men who have experienced sexual abuse. The group provides an anonymous online chat service for victims to confidentially speak with victim advocates at any time of the day. They also provide an online support group for victims to anonymously seek support from others with similar experiences.
P.O. Box 222033
Santa Clarita, CA 91322
Online Support: https://1in6.org/men/get-help/online-support-center/
According to DAWN, 50% of deaf women and 16% of deaf men are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. DAWN is dedicated to providing resources to survivors of abuse within the Deaf community through education and prevention programs. They provide an E-mail Hotline, counseling, support groups, referrals and case management services to Deaf sexual assault victims.
5321 First Place NE
Washington, DC 20011
Video Phone: (202) 559-5366
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (202) 742-1730
Emergency E-mail Hotline: [email protected]
This national organization runs a number of programs that provide support for sexual assault victims and train responders to sexual assaults. PAVE also provides sexual assault prevention education. One of the unique programs that PAVE offers is a training program for college students and professionals in responding to sexual assault. PAVE also offers support groups for sexual assault survivors at college campuses and within local communities.
233 S. Wacker Dr. – 84th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (877) 399-1346
Fax: (888) 762-8144