And It Was Wrong

Additional resources

The first woman who submitted a story to wrote of her friend's response to her experience: "It happens to everybody, it's just something that we don't talk about." I believe that we need to talk about these experiences. Participating in is one way to talk about and deal with these experiences but there are countless others. If you would like to talk about your experiences in another context, please consider the resources listed below. If none of these resources meet your needs, please ask them to recommend another resource better suited to you.

Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) operates the nation's only toll-free 24-hour hotline for victim-survivors of sexual assault. The hotline instantaneously routes each call instantaneously to the rape crisis center nearest the caller. All centers on the network provide counseling and support, and each call is confidential.

1-800-656-HOPE

Sexual Assault Internet Chats

Also operated by RAINN, the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline is a free and confidential service that works just like instant messaging. You'll go into a private session with a trained volunteer and communicate by typing messages back and forth. The service is completely anonymous and you do not have to give your name or any personal information.

State-by-State Resources

If you would like to seek out resources in your state, this site can help you find sexual assault resource centers closest to you.

Resources for Teens

If you're looking for teen specific information, you might explore this site operated through the Tennessee Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence. The site has information about sexual assault, dating violence, and consent. You might also check out Love Is Respect. They are primarily a teen dating abuse website, but their 24-hour teen-specific hotline offers support around sexual as well as dating violence.

Specifically for Male Survivors

The aforementioned resources have volunteers trained and prepared to speak with sexual assault survivors of any gender. However if you are looking for resources dealing specifically with male sexual assault, please consider the sub-section of the RAINN website aimed specifically at the needs of male survivors.

1in6 is an organization helping men who experienced unwanted sexual contact in their childhoods deal with the effects that those experiences may currently have on their lives.

A more extensive list of resources for men who have been sexually assaulted, compiled by the organization Men Can Stop Rape.

Specifically for LGBT survivors

All of the resources mentioned above are there for LGBT as well as heterosexual/cisgender survivors, but if you're looking for support specifically geared toward the LGBT community, the following resources might be helpful.

Pandora's Project, a place where all survivors can find support around issues of rape and sexual abuse, has LGBT specific forums, chats, and articles.

The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is another resource that might be helpful. AVP provides a 24/7 English & Spanish crisis line for LGBT people who are looking for support around any violence they've experienced, including domestic or sexual violence. You can call their hotline at 212-714-1141.

Prevention Efforts

hopes to help people redefine what they think of as wrong not only to help them deal with their past experiences but to prevent similar experiences from occurring in the future. If you would like to get involved with ongoing sexual assault prevention efforts, please look into this list of resources for people who would like to get involved in anti-rape activism.

Men Can Stop Rape is a national organization based out of Washington, D.C., that mobilizes men in the anti-violence movement.