Learn More About Helping Survivors
Our goal is to help people who have been impacted by sexual assault and abuse get the resources and assistance they need and deserve.
Helping Survivors is on a mission to help heal, educate, and empower people who have been impacted by sexual abuse, assault, or harassment.
Founded in 2022, we are a passionate group of experts and advocates who believe individuals who have experienced sexual assault, abuse, or harassment deserve to know their rights and options.
When an individual experiences sexual harm, they often do not label the experience, tell anyone, or seek outside assistance until much later. This happens for a variety of reasons — but survivors deserve support whether the harm happened yesterday or fifty years ago.
Most survivors don’t understand their rights and options — whether that means reporting to law enforcement, filing a civil lawsuit, reporting someone to a professional board, or the other various rights and options they have as survivors of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment.
Each individual’s experience is different — and so are their healing journeys. We want to help provide transparent and honest information about survivor rights and options to help individuals take the next step in their journey.
Meet The Experts
Helping Survivors works with a team of sexual abuse experts including advocates, nonprofits, law firms, and businesses to help ensure we have unique insights, stories, and perspectives in all of the work that we do. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to our work, you can get in touch with us.
Featured Law Firms
Helping Survivors works with a variety of organizations, including law firms. These law firms help us craft helpful content and provide information to survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment understand their legal rights and options.
If you reach out to Helping Survivors, a representative from a law firm may contact you directly in regards to filing a civil case if they believe they may be able to represent you.
What We Do & Who We Help
Helping Survivors is an organization designed to help individuals who have experienced sexual assault and abuse. Whether someone refers to themselves as a victim, survivor, or other terminology is up to them — we believe that all of their experiences are valid and are here to help each individual in their unique journeys.
While we focus our efforts on helping individuals who have experienced sexual harm understand their legal, financial, and reporting rights and options, we also provide information beyond these areas.
We believe in empowering survivors with knowledge regarding their options, even if it can sometimes be hard for individuals to hear. For example, many survivors do not understand that they do not have the ability to press charges or know about the statute of limitations laws across each jurisdiction. We hope that by being honest and empathetic while also transparent and honest in all of our content and communications, individuals can fully understand their rights and options along with the risks and potential outcomes of each.
While it can be hard to initially hear that an offense can’t be prosecuted or about the financial costs and realities of filing a civil lawsuit, we believe that knowing the truth is better than misleading survivors with false hope and false ideas.
You can’t confidently take the first step in a journey if you don’t know the path ahead. We hope that by shining a light on the survivor’s rights and options and providing transparent and authentic information about the reality of these options that survivors can move forward and find healing.
Helping Survivor can provide assistance to:
- Individuals who have experienced sexual assault, abuse, or harassment along with other forms of gender-based violence by an institution or an individual
- Individuals who have experienced sexual assault or abuse in a school or university setting who have or have not reported to the institution
- Individuals who experienced sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace
- Individuals who have experienced sexual assault or abuse during a ridesharing trip such as an Uber or Lyft ride
- Individuals who have been sexually assaulted, abused, or harassed by someone on an online dating app or platform (including romance scams or financial fraud)
- Individuals who experienced online grooming or parents of children who experienced grooming
- Individuals who are interested in understanding if what they experienced is considered sexual assault or abuse and what options and resources are available to them
- Individuals who would like to understand what reporting to law enforcement entails
- Individuals who are trying to understand their loved one’s past experiences and are seeking guidance
- Individuals who are interested in learning the legal options and rights of survivors of sexual assault and abuse
- Individuals who believe their loved ones are experiencing sexual assault and abuse in a nursing home
- Individuals who believe their loved ones are victims of sexual abuse at school
- Members of the media, researchers and experts
How to Use Information Provided by Helping Survivors
The core content on this website is centered around helping survivors to identify and define what happened, their rights, their options, and the resources available to them.
It is our hope individuals will be able to heal through regaining a sense of understanding regarding the resources and options available to lead full and happy lives. This information is reviewed by experts in the sexual abuse space including lawyers, subject matter experts, and survivors. However, it must be noted that while we do our best to provide accurate and update information, Helping Survivors is not a substitute for professional personalized medical or legal advice. We do not provide legal advice and are not your lawyers. We may forward your information to a law firm if it is believed there is a potential case as defined by the firm – and a law firm representative may contact you directly in regards to filing a civil lawsuit if they believe they may be able to represent you.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or are seeking additional guidance or information.
At Helping Survivors, we are committed to providing reliable and accurate information to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Our website offers content that has been carefully reviewed by a group of experts. These experts bring their professional expertise and experience to ensure the quality and relevance of the information we provide.
By involving experts in the review process, we strive to maintain the highest standards of content accuracy, integrity, and empathy. Each article featured on our website has been evaluated and endorsed by professionals specializing in fields such as safety, law, and survivor support.
We believe that survivor-centered content should be based on evidence-based research and reflect the diverse perspectives and needs of survivors. The experts who review our content play a crucial role in validating the information we present and ensuring that it is up-to-date and trustworthy.
Our experts who are responsible for reviewing our content include: