If you have been assaulted and need resources or support, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Available 24 hours a day
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network):
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
- Safe Horizon:
Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Our mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
- 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.
- The ‘Me Too’ Movement:
Founded in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly Black women and girls, and other young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Their goal is also to reframe and expand the global conversation around sexual violence to speak to the needs of a broader spectrum of survivors – young people, queer, trans, and disabled folks, Black women and girls, and all communities of color. We want perpetrators to be held accountable and we want strategies implemented to sustain long term, systemic change.
- CONTACT USA:
A network of crisis centers helping people to realize their potential, self-worth, and inner resources. CONTACT USA promotes unconditional regard for and acceptance of all people.
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:
A comprehensive, go-to source of information and resources for anti-violence advocates, human service professionals, educators, faith leaders, and others interested in ending domestic and sexual violence.
- National Center for Victims of Crime:
A nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline:
Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. | 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) | Call toll free.
Philadelphia Area Resources
Click for Advice from DCWAR to someone who has been sexually assaulted:
- Do not shower, wash or douche. This may remove valuable evidence that can link the offender to the crime.
- Call the police. They will transport you to an area hospital for a rape exam.
- Go to the hospital. Bring a change of clothes, as the police may want to hold your clothes as evidence. At the hospital a doctor, or a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will examine you and collect evidence for possible prosecution of the case. You may be given medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
- If the hospital has not notified your community’s sexual assault response team by the time you arrive, you can request a call. A trained advocate should come immediately to be with you at the hospital, 24 hours a day. If you have not called the police, the hospital may notify them and they may interview at the hospital. The police will take a report, but you do not have to decide about prosecuting at this time.
- Remember to make an appointment for a follow-up medical exam, as directed by the doctor at the hospital.
- Even if you did not go to the hospital or report the assault to the police immediately, you may still do so. In addition, you may benefit from counseling services available at your local sexual assault victim’s organization. It is never too late to call; services can be provided years later.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
Harrisburg, PA : Toll Free Number: 1-888-772-7227
PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis center programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
Philadelphia, PA: 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 215-985-3333
Women Organized Against Rape is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of survivors of sexual assault. WOAR provides free services anyone who has experienced sexual violence. WOAR Hotline staff will explain and coordinate requests from Philadelphia residents for free WOAR services: trauma-informed counseling, court accompaniment, and a wide array of education and prevention services.
Stalking Resource Center:
The Stalking Resource Center provides multiple services including: Training, Technical Assistance, a Website, and an Information Clearinghouse.
- Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA):
An international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA):
has a single purpose: to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas, and neglect through educating the public and offering hope and healing.
- Institutional Abuse
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP):
SNAP is the largest, oldest, and most active support group for people who have been wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).
Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA):
SIA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting the healing of adults who have been subject to emotional, physical or sexual abuse in private or government institutions, detention centers or foster care. SIA advocates for the rights of youth and the disabled by advancing legislation to protect them from abuse in institutional settings. We also provide support for institutional abuse survivors through resources and a referral service and through our annual convention that promotes healing, awareness and advocacy.
- Human Trafficking
National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1 (888) 373-7888 | SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”) Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week. Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages
A leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.
- People with Disabilities
Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN):
Legal, medical, system advocacy and survivor support services. Video Phone: 202.559.5366
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN):
NDRN members investigate reports of abuse and neglect, and seek systemic change to prevent further incidents; advocate for basic rights; and ensure accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems for individuals with disabilities.
Know Your IX :
A survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.
End Rape on Campus (EROC):
Works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
- LGBTQ+ Community
The Trevor Project:
Help and suicide prevention for GBLTQ youth. Hotline: 866.488.7386
The Network la Red:
The Network/La Red hotline provides emotional support, information, and safety planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender folks, as well as folks in the BDSM or Polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. Support available in English and Spanish. Hotline: 617.742.4911
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs:
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. Site has a list of local anti-violence programs and publications. Hotline: 212.714.1141
GLBT National Hotline:
Call center that refers to over 15,000 resources across the country that support LGBTQ individuals. Hotline: 888.THE.GLNH (843.4564)
FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression):
Home to the Transgender Sexual Violence Project. Provides services and publishes research for transgender persons experiencing violence and their loved ones.
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling:
Directory of LGBT-friendly mental health specialists across the United States. Specialists listed are verified members of AGLBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association.
- Native American & Tribal Communities
Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI):
A Native American operated non-profit which is dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive training, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of their vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.
Protect Our Defenders (POD):
POD is the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and to combating a culture of pervasive misogyny, sexual harassment, and retribution against victims. We honor, support, and give voice to survivors of military sexual assault and sexual harassment – including service members, veterans, and civilians assaulted by members of the military. We seek reform to ensure all survivors and service members are provided a safe, respectful work environment and have access to a fair, impartially administered system of justice.
Just Detention International (JDI):
JDI is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.