Helping survivors of Sexual Abuse & Assault
Who We Are & What We Do
Helping Survivors is an organization on a mission to help heal, educate, and empower people who have been impacted by sexual assault and abuse.
We provide individuals with accurate, trustworthy and up-to-date information regarding their legal, financial, and healthcare options for individuals after experiencing sexual assault and abuse.
You are not alone
– we are here to help.
Helping Survivors recognizes that healing from harm can be a complex, multi-dimensional journey that is unique to each individual. Our team provides educational resources, tools and assistance to help survivors work through their experiences to reclaim their lives and build the best future possible. Our team includes healthcare providers, legal professionals, experienced advocates, survivors, and allies who are all working together on a shared mission to help heal, educate, and empower survivors.
Dealing with workplace sexual harassment can be a very challenging and sensitive issue.
If you’ve experienced workplace sexual harassment, it’s important to document the incidents in detail, noting dates, times, locations, and any witnesses. This record should include what was said or done during each incident. Keeping such documentation is crucial, as it will support your case if you decide to report the harassment. Whether you choose to confront the harasser, report to your employer, or seek legal advice, this detailed record can be instrumental in resolving the situation effectively. Read more here.
Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without their consent or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. It’s a serious criminal offense that encompasses a range of behaviors, including rape and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity. If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault, you have several reporting options: you can report the assault to local law enforcement, seek support from sexual assault helplines or advocacy organizations, and/or file a civil lawsuit. In the United States, the ability to prosecute an offense depends on the statute of limitations and other local and federal laws. You can learn more about your reporting options here.
Childhood sexual abuse can lead to long-term psychological, emotional, and physical effects, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulties in forming healthy relationships. Survivors may also experience issues with self-esteem and trust, and in some cases, physical health problems. It’s crucial for survivors to seek professional help, such as therapy from a psychologist or psychiatrist experienced in dealing with trauma. Additionally, support groups and organizations dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse can provide valuable resources and a supportive community. These resources aim to offer a safe space for healing and coping strategies, helping individuals to work through the trauma and its lasting impacts.
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse have access to a range of specialized resources and support systems. Many organizations and support groups are dedicated to helping those affected by clergy abuse, offering counseling, legal advice, and community support. Additionally, various religious institutions have established their own victim assistance programs, which provide counseling, advocacy, and assistance in reporting abuse. Legal options are also available, including pursuing civil litigation or reporting the abuse to law enforcement. It’s important for survivors to seek out these resources to find the support and guidance they need for healing and to explore their options for justice. You can find more information here.
Online grooming is a process by which an individual builds an emotional connection with a child to manipulate, exploit, or abuse them sexually. Parents should be aware that groomers often use social media, chat rooms, and online gaming platforms to connect with children. It’s crucial to educate children about online safety, including not sharing personal information, recognizing inappropriate behavior, and the importance of talking to a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable. Parents should also monitor their children’s online activity and maintain open communication about their internet use. Setting up parental controls and staying informed about the latest online trends and dangers can further help in protecting children from online grooming. Read more here.
Sexual assault by a doctor includes any unwanted sexual behavior or contact initiated by the doctor during a medical examination or treatment. This can range from inappropriate comments to physical actions like unnecessary or non-consensual touching, examination, or procedures. If you believe you’ve been sexually assaulted by a doctor, you can seek help by reporting the incident to the medical board or licensing authority, contacting law enforcement, and seeking support from organizations dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault. It’s also advisable to consult a legal professional to understand your rights and options.
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