Informative Online 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.
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 Collection Web site, which provides statistics and current events as well as other useful information about sexual assault.
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.
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.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs: Improving the Community Response to Sexual Assault Victims
Medline provides a menu of information including definitions for rape, statistics and a directories of government resources.
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. These are not rape crisis centers. Rather they are the coalitions that help coordinate the rape crisis centers.
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 is a Tori
Amos inspired site for rape and sexual abuse survivors. This site is particularly
visually appealing and well developed.
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 is a support site for women who have experienced rape/sexual assault in marriage or by another male partner
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.
A well organized site with research as well as crisis information on victim's services oriented around child sexual assault.
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.”
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. This site
provides a search engine to find rape crisis centers in your town. You
just need to type in your zip code.
Find rape crisis centers
near you by state. This section is linked to an online support message
The links section supplies
the official website of each state. The first thing to do is click on
the state you live in and then click on the word search and type in rape.
It can help you find resources available to you locally. Also see the
legal section of the online pathfinder resources.
A world wide directory of
abuse help lines.
Canadian resources primarily.
Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham, N.C.
Rape crisis hotlines:
This is the best rape crisis center
in orange county. They have a hot line and the counselors are very nice.
You can have a volunteer assigned to you permanently who calls you on
a weekly basis. There are also support groups to join. 1 866-welisten.
You can call 24 hours a day and a counselor on call will contact you.
Rape crisis centers in North Carolina
NC Rape Crisis Centers by county
A second version of the NC Rape Crisis Centers by county database.
The mission of the Carolina Women's
Center is to promote an equitable and empowering environment through education,
support, advocacy and diversity. We celebrate women as shapers of the
world. This site has a thorough list of links to resources for rape crisis
in the area.
NC Division of Victims Compensation
Emergency Services and Hotlines in Chapel Hill
Rape Crisis Centers in North Carolina
This site lists support groups
This site lists Stand Alone rape
Sexual offender registry - You
can search this site by zip code or name for sexual offenders.
North Carolina Victim Assistance
University information for Rape
Chapel Hill, NC Sexual assault information
Rape crisis information from CAPS
at UNC Chapel Hill.
What to do at UNC Chapel Hill
-Virtual library resources
Advocates for Sexual Assault Prevention
at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is a student
group that organizes womens week activities and runs a listserv.
Raleigh, NC Sexual assault information
24 Hour Rape and Sexual Assault
Durham, NC sexual assault information
Rape Crisis of Durham Support Groups
please click here.
Suicide hotlines and support. You
are not alone.
1-800-273-TALK. This number will put callers in touch with the federally-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service that has been in operation since January, 2005. It functions as a central switchboard to immediately connect callers to virtually the same network of certified, local crisis centers accessed by 1-800-SUICIDE. So callers can receive counseling or emergency services, if needed, close to home.
If you're feeling depressed or
suicidal now and need to talk to someone, we're here to listen.
Information on gay and lesbian
Find suicide support groups in the US.
Samaritans' mission Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.