How You Can Support Sexual Assault Survivors In The Wake Of Trump’s Win

This debate deteriorate has been intensely triggering for many survivors of passionate assault. And now, a existence that President-elect Donald Trump ― a masculine who’s been indicted of intimately assaulting over a dozen women ― will take bureau in usually a few months, is an romantic one for many survivors. 

Fortunately, there are resources accessible to survivors and non-survivors to assistance cope with these triggers and assistance desired ones and strangers who have gifted assault. 

The Huffington Post spoke to Kristen Houser, a arch open affairs officer during a National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), about these support systems and how to implement them.

“This is a impulse where a energy of being an active citizen becomes impossibly important,” Houser said. “And that’s something everybody can do ― possibly you’re a survivor, a poignant other or usually a caring individual.”

Whether it’s donating to an anti-sexual attack organization, volunteering for a predicament helpline, or reaching out to a survivor who might be struggling ― there are so many ways to be supportive. And it’s vicious that we all step adult to help. 

For many, generally survivors of passionate attack and domestic abuse, it is tough to fathom 4 years of masculine whose really voice has a ability to trigger memories of abuse and trauma. Houser had some enlivening difference for survivors who are now struggling.

“You’re not alone. Look around you, feel your feet on a ground, know that you’re safe,” she said. “Fear of a different can be strenuous during times, concentration on a here and now. Focus on what’s good, what’s healthy, what’s supportive, feel good about a resiliency that you’ve had so far.”

Here are a few ways we can support survivors of passionate attack and a few ways we can assistance yourself if we need it:

1. If we wish to speak to someone…

Whether you’ve survived passionate attack or felt deeply aggrieved by a election, articulate about your feelings is always healthy and constituent to coping. Houser encourages those in need of a understanding ear to call NCVRC predicament hotline to find out how they can assistance or if they simply usually need to talk. 

Call possibly of a subsequent predicament helplines if we wish to speak or corkscrew subsequent to see specific numbers for coalitions in your state. (Every hotline offers conversing in mixed languages.) 

  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-4673
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC): 717-909-0710
  • Forge: 414-559-2123
  • Network La Red: 617-742-4911

Here’s a list of hit information for support groups:

  • For RAINN conduct here.
  • For NSVRC conduct here. 
  • For Forge conduct here. 
  • For Network La Red conduct here.

2. If we wish to volunteer…

There are mixed ways to present your time to an anti-sexual attack organization. You can proffer for a national-based classification or in your specific community.

Here are a few ways to volunteer:   

  • To proffer for a National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (operated by RAINN) conduct here. 
  • To hunt for internal volunteering opportunities in your area conduct here.
  • To turn a fundraiser for RAINN conduct here or for NSVRC conduct here.
  • If you’re a college tyro who wants to move passionate attack activism to your campus, conduct here.
  • To classify your possess eventuality conduct here. 

3. If we wish to take movement on amicable media…

Any tiny gesticulate of support helps, even if it’s a Facebook standing or tweet. As a RAINN website reads: “You can play an vicious purpose in interlude passionate attack and joining survivors with a support they deserve. The best part? You usually have to lift a finger.”

There are a few ways to uncover support around amicable media. Here’s a few from RAINN:

  • Connect survivors with assistance by posting about assistance services like predicament hotlines. Here’s an instance from RAINN: “If we have been influenced by passionate assault, we are not alone. @RAINN01 provides free, trusted support 24/7 during online.rainn.org.” Head to RAINN to see more. 
  • Educate your friends by pity statistics: “Every 109 seconds, another American is intimately assaulted. Learn some-more and take movement with @rainn01 during rainn.org.” Head to RAINN to review more. 
  • Advocate for passionate attack survivors by signing RAINN’s #MyNameOurVoice petition and share it on amicable media. The petition is a minute to a subsequent boss that states: “sexual attack is some-more than a articulate indicate ― it’s an emanate that affects scarcely each family in America.” Head here to learn more. 
  • Tweet during or email your congressperson with concerns about passionate attack policies. 

4. If we wish to donate…

A good approach to uncover support is by donating to passionate attack recognition organizations. If we have a desired one who’s a survivor ― and she/he/they are open about their attack ― cruise donating in their name. 

“Honor their resiliency, respect their suggestion and their quarrel by donating in their name,” Houser said. “That can meant a universe to people.”

Below is a list of inhabitant and state-by-state organizations that we can present to in a quarrel to send passionate violence. 

National Organizations:

  • Forge is a transgender anti-violence classification that provides services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary passionate attack survivors. Donate here. 
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center works to discharge passionate attack opposite a country. Donate here. 
  • National Alliance To End Sexual Violence is a Washington DC-based anti-sexual attack organisation that focuses privately on communicating their goal to process makers. Donate here.
  • Network La Red is a survivor-led anti-violence classification that works to finish partner abuse in LGBT and odd communities. Donate here. 
  • No More is a inhabitant anti-sexual attack and anti-domestic attack recognition organisation that focuses on people of all genders though privately masculine passionate attack survivors. Donate here.
  • Safe Horizon is a inhabitant classification that combats passionate and domestic violence. The classification caters to people of all genders and sexualities, though has a vast LGBTQ clientele. Donate here. 
  • Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) focuses on strengthening student-led movements to fight passionate attack on college campuses around a country. Donate here. 
  • The Relief Fund For Sexual Assault Victims collects donations for attack victims and recognition programs influenced by disasters in a U.S. Donate here. 
  • The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is a country’s largest anti-sexual attack classification and advocacy group. Donate here.

 State-By-State Organizations:

  • Alabama Coalition Against Rape: Donate here or call 334-264-0123. 
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 907-586-3650.
  • American Samoa Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 684-699-0272. 
  • Arizona Sexual Assault Network: Donate here. 
  • Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 501-246-3276.
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 916-446-2520.
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 303-839-9999.
  • Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services: Donate here or call 860-282-9881.
  • Contact Lifeline (Delaware): Donate here or call 302-761-9800.
  • Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer (Puerto Rico): Donate here or call 787-281-7579.
  • DC Rape Crisis Center: Donate here or call 202-232-0789.
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 850-297-2000.
  • Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 404-815-5261.
  • Guam Healing Arts Crisis Center: Donate here or call 671-647-5351.
  • Hawaii State Coalition for a Prevention of Sexual Assault: Call 808-733-9038.
  • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual Domestic Violence: Donate here or call 208-384-0419.
  • Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 217-753-4117.
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 317-872-1086.
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 515-244-7424.
  • Kansas Coalition Against Sexual Domestic Violence: Donate here or call 785-232-9784.
  • Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs: Donate here or call 502-226-2704.
  • Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 225-372-8995.
  • Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 207-626-0034.
  • Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 301-328-7023.
  • Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Donate here or call 617-248-0922.
  • Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 517-347-7000.
  • Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 651-209-9993.
  • Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 601-948-0555.
  • Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 573-634-4161.
  • Montana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 406-443-7794. 
  • Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence: Donate here or call 402-476-6256. 
  • Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 775-828-1115. 
  • New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 603-224-8893.
  • New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 609-631-4450.
  • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs: Donate here or call 505-883-8020.
  • New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 518-482-4222.
  • New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 212-229-0345
  • North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 888-737-2272.
  • North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services: Donate here or call 701-255-6240.
  • Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 670-234-3878.
  • Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 888-886-8388.
  • Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 405-524-0700.
  • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 503-230-1951.
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape: Donate here or call 717-728-9740.
  • Day One (Providence, RI): Donate here or call 401-421-4100.
  • South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 803-256-2900. 
  • South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 605-945-0869.
  • Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Donate here or call 615-386-9406.
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 512-474-7190.
  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 801-746-0404.
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 802-223-1302.
  • Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council: Donate here or call 340-719-0144.
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance: Donate here or call 434-979-9002.
  • Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs: Donate here or call 360-754-7583.
  • West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services: Donate here or call 304-366-9500. 
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 608-257-1516.
  • Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Donate here or call 307-755-5481.

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