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    International emergency links and phone numbers for crisis situations are listed here.

    Are you in crisis right now?
    You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, 24 hours a day at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or you can search for your local rape crisis center. If you are in danger call 911. If you are reporting a rape you should ask the local crisis center for a victim's advocate who will walk you through the process. For information on Reporting a rape click here.

    Basic hotlines:

    Rape Crisis 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
    Self Injury 1.800.DON'T.CUT (366.8288)
    Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK, 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
    Domestic Violence 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
    Gay & Lesbian 1.888.THE.GLNH (843.4564)


    Hotlines for teens

    Crisis hotlines

    Catagories of hotlines and websites

    Rape Crisis - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    To find a rape crisis center near you click here. from



    Or call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and ask them to look it up for you. Feel free to ask to speak to a woman.

    A world wide directory of International abuse and crisis help lines here.

    Very comprehensive world directory from HPP.



    Self Injury - 1-800-DON'T-CUT (366-8288)

    How to stop self injuring in an emergency.


    Suicide hotlines - 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)

    If you're feeling depressed or suicidal now and need to talk to

    someone, we're here to listen.



    The Gay & Lesbian National Hot Line 1.888.THE.GLNH (843.4564)

    Gay and lesbian hotline



    Domestic Violence Hotline - 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)

    Find help in your state from 4woman.




    Women's Health - 1.800.994.9662

    FREE, reliable health information referrals for women everywhere.


    Find your local police station

    Google local search



    Is there someone you can call for moral support?


    Are you in need of a hospital? Do you need to call a taxi?

    Look up the phone number and address here.


    If you need directions to their house or a local hospital click here.


    What to do if you are raped.


    RAINN information on what to do if you are raped.


    It wasn't your fault.




    World wide / International abuse and crisis help lines -

    RAINN International


    Rainn international hotlines

    Abuse helplines


    International crisis hotlines


    International hotlines


    Hotlines- International


    Pandora's Aquarium searchable hotline posts


    If you are a student free counseling is probably available through your University. For rape crisis information for your school try this google search. Please enter the name of your University. Example : Rape and LSU and Counseling

    Do you have a resource or rape crisis center to add?



    Informative Online Resources

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    Non-Profit Resources

    The leading resource is RAINN. RAINN was co-founded by Tori Amos and provides the national sexual assault hotline as well as research and statistics.



    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE. RAINN also publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. This site is the most well known national rape crisis hotline available today. It was founded by Tori Amos. Local rape crisis centers can be found at this location. The information is reliable and scholarly.

    Hope for Healing


    The premier source of information and support to survivors on the internet serving nearly 1 million hits yearly through it's page and message views in the chat rooms, forums and of course, the main site itself. The resources are more informal yet the ease of navigation and scope of information is excellent.

    An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource


    An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid & Resource Collection Web site, which provides statistics and current events as well as other useful information about sexual assault.

    Rape Is...


    This site has great links and is an excellent supplement for research or presentations on rape crisis resources.



    This site is a good source of perspective on an international level. V-Day's mission is to end violence against women and girls worldwide.


    Sexual Assault from World Health Organization


    This is a very comprehensive global overview of the problem of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence around the world. It has risk factors, statistics and recommendations for treatment.




    The Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center is nationally recognized for its exemplary treatment, education, and prevention programs.


    Government Resources

    International resources for victims from the OVC




    Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs: Improving the Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims

    Medline resources on rape


    Medline provides a menu of information including definitions for rape, statistics and a directories of government resources.

    National Women's Health Information Center


    General information on what to do if you are raped. Scroll to the bottom to see government resources for rape victims.

    State by State Resources


    State by state resources. These are not rape crisis centers. Rather they are the coalitions that help coordinate the rape crisis centers.

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center


    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence.


    Personal Rape Survivor Websites

    The survivor community exists largely online in the form of personal sites and support message boards.

    Welcome to Barbados


    Welcome to Barbados is a Tori Amos inspired site for rape and sexual abuse survivors. This site is particularly visually appealing and well developed.

    Escaping Hades


    A rape and sexual abuse survivors site. This site was created by one of the founders of the message board pandora's aquarium.

    "In Greek Mythology, Persephone is the goddess of spring. According to her story, she was abducted, raped and taken to the underworld by Hades, the lord of the underworld. When her mother, Demeter, found out what had happened to Persephone, she convinced Zeus to force Hades to release her. Before Persephone could leave, Hades made her eat a pomegranate, which meant that she would have to return to the underworld for one-third of the year. According to the legend, the time Persephone spends in the underworld is the time in which there is winter on the earth. Because Persephone made it out of the underworld, she can be called the first rape survivor. As rape survivors we can take comfort from the knowledge that although winter is hard, there is always spring around the corner."


    Aphrodite Wounded


    Aphrodite Wounded is a support site for women who have experienced rape/sexual assault in marriage or by another male partner


    Surviving to Thriving


    An upbeat site for survivors of sexual assault. This is a site for female and male survivors of sexual violence, including rape, attempted rape, sexual abuse and incest as well as the people who support them. In these pages, you will find my story and the stories of other rape and sexual assault survivors who have chosen to share theirs, as well as information, including pages on healing, medical and legal information for rape and sexual assault survivors, and sections for child sexual abuse and male survivors.


    PANdora's Box


    A well organized site with research as well as crisis information on victim's services oriented around child sexual assault.


    Welcome to Emergence


    Welcome to Emergence is another attractive site adorned with Pre-Raphaelite art works. It is an homage to Tori Amos (founder of RAINN) as well.

    "I hope that somehow, at sometime, someone else finds a piece of their own strength and determination, and sees in the mirror their own beautiful reflection.”

    A directory of trauma resources

    A directory of rape crisis syndrome resources and community links from Pandora's Aquarium


    Updated Links:


    Find a rape crisis center near you:


    Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham, N.C.

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    To access How to help rape victims please click here.



    Rape Crisis Message Boards

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    Suicide hotlines call 1-800-273-TALK Updated link

    To view Louisiana rape crisis center information click here.





Resources to research this subject:

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Search terms: rape crisis

Related links: Victim blame


Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9376486

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).



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