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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 (

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 RAINN


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.


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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?


Suggested steps in healing: advice from other rape survivors

(if you have an emergency please call 911):

1. The first thing you should know if you were raped or sexually assaulted is that it was not your fault.

2. 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. You can also find hotlines at http://www.rainn.org. If you call RAINN they will refer you to a local hotline operator. You can also choose which crisis center you contact by looking up the number here. Feel free to request to speak to a woman. Call 911 if you need to report a sexual assault to the police or are in danger now.

World Wide Directory of Abuse Lines


3. Online support group message boards are recommended as a good first step (if you are not ready to talk in person). You also need to speak to a rape crisis counselor or therapist. Find survivor message boards here:


4. You may want to seek free counseling from your local rape crisis center, find rape crisis centers here:


Find free student counseling from your university here. http://www.google.com.

Police reports are not mandatory if you speak to a rape crisis counselor.

5. Seek treatment from a trained therapist specializing in Rape Trauma Syndrome as soon as possible. RAINN also provides therapist referrals. Find a therapist near you here:

http://www.mentalhealth.org/databases/default.asp This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You may also call The American Psychological Association- for a referral 1-800-964-2000.

International directory of therapists


UK mental health resources directory


UK mental health care


Brittish mental health resources



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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

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Find a rape crisis center near you


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Rape Crisis Centers by zip code and state


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.

Rape Crisis Centers by State


Find rape crisis centers near you by state. This section is linked to an online support message board.

Official Website of each state


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.

International Rape Crisis Hotlines



World Wide Directory of Abuse Lines


A world wide directory of abuse help lines.
Very comprehensive.


AiR- abuse info and resources


Canadian resources primarily.


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Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham, N.C.

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Rape crisis hotlines:
Chapel Hill 1 866-welisten
Raleigh 919 618-RAPE (7273)
Durham 919 688-2883

Orange County Rape Crisis Center


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

N.C. rape crisis centers


NC Rape Crisis Centers by county

Adult version of N.C. rape crisis centers


A second version of the NC Rape Crisis Centers by county database.

North Carolina women's center


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.

Victim's compensation


NC Division of Victims Compensation Services
This page describes what to do in case of sexual assault.

Emergency services in N.C.


Emergency Services and Hotlines in Chapel Hill

Rape crisis centers in N.C.


Rape Crisis Centers in North Carolina

Support groups and networks


This site lists support groups and networks.

Stand alone rape crisis centers


This site lists Stand Alone rape crisis centers.

Sex offender registry for N.C.


Sexual offender registry - You can search this site by zip code or name for sexual offenders.

North Carolina Victim's assistance


North Carolina Victim Assistance Network
Providing support and information for crime (rape) victims in North Carolina. A comprehensive listing of services available in the area.

University information for Rape crisis:

Chapel Hill, NC Sexual assault information

UNC- Chapel Hill free counseling


UNC student health centers page. For information about the medical and mental health resources available to you. You get 8 free sessions with a counselor at CAPS in the UNC Student health building 3rd floor.

Rape crisis information from CAPS


Rape crisis information from CAPS at UNC Chapel Hill.

What to do if you are sexually assaulted


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

NC State


Women's center


N. C. State University rape crisis information
"The Molly Hays Glander - 618-RAPE (7273)

24 Hour Rape and Sexual Assault Response Line
24-hour confidential crisis intervention"
Counseling Center - 515-2423

Support Groups


Rape, Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Support Group
1st and 3rd Wed. of each month

Durham, NC sexual assault information

Duke rape crisis


Duke University rape crisis information
The Office of Sexual Assault Support
"24-Hour Information Line (for members of the Duke and Durham communities):
681-6882" or 919 403-6562 Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline.

Rape Crisis of Durham 24-hours a day call 919 688-2883

Rape Crisis of Durham Support Groups


Health care for rape victims at Duke



Hope for healing- N.C. rape crisis center - this site is updating it's directory and is temporarily down



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Rape Crisis Message Boards

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Instructions on how to select and use a support group

Telling your story with images- creative arts exercise

What kind of support might you find?

Please read "If you were my sister..."


These categories may help you decide which support group is right for your needs. You can always join several from each category and decide which is best for you.

Feminist~Faith based~General support~Specific types


Politically liberal message boards

thank you rainn

Pandora's Aquarium


Pandora's Aquarium. You can view the discussion forums (but only read wonderful threads and research) from the above link. This Message board is inspired by Tori Amos. It has several different forums for discussion including healing song lyrics. The discussions are very well organized and interesting. You will get responses more quickly at this board than some others. The members are for the most part very politically liberal. There are forums for lgbtq members, male survivors and partners of survivors.

Why join a support group?

"Others might have feared letting such troubles out of the box, but Pandora knew that when you keep a box closed, you also close off hope. She knew that hope lies in opening the box, in revealing the truth, in releasing the trauma. She was not afraid. She knew that girls are healed every time women's sexual trauma is let out of its box and released into the world."
-Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, Dr. Patti Feuereisen


Rainbowhope or Rainbowhope newsletter


Message board for gay and lesbian rape survivors. This board is very well organized and safety oriented. The theme is healing oriented. Archive, site, news


Perfectly Still


'Perfectly Still' is a forum for SUPPORT of Survivors dealing with any form of Sexual Abuse as well as Aftermath issues. It is a Tori Amos inspired community which is well organized and nice look to at.


After Silence


A community designed to help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. It is also inspired by Tori Amos. It has alot of members which means you will get a response more quickly. This board has a forum for lgbt survivors.


LGBTQ support groups, male survivors

Faith based recovery boards


Rape survivors


This is a message board associated with hope for healing. Hope for healing is a faith based resource. You can get a daily digest emailed to yourself. It is moderated by the founder of hope for healing. In this forum you can have posts sent to your email address automatically. I found the sequence of responses to be disorienting but it saves time and is convenient. You can choose not to have this option if you like.


Rape recovery 2


This is another message board associated with hope for healing. Hope for healing is a faith based resource. You can get a daily digest emailed to yourself. It is moderated by the founder of hope for healing. In this forum you can have posts sent to your email address automatically. I found the sequence of responses to be disorienting but it saves time and is convenient.

A hope for healing message board


A Christian message board associated with hope for healing.


I am a survivor


This is a faith based (Christian) support group for sex abuse survivors - with a forum for (former) sex workers.

General rape crisis support groups

Rape crisis and suicide support


Rape, crisis, stalking and suicide support. Have you or someone you know been raped or stalked or thought about suicide? Don't go it alone. Find help, support and friendship here. This is a supportive environment hosted by a women's health site. Members tend to be all ages, races and faiths. It is a good place to join if you are looking for a general support group for rape crisis.


Enchanted Forest


A Community for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. This board has a nice feel and great emoticons! Founded by a message board veteran I am sure you will find it a safe place to be.


Broken Spirits


“What we are all about: We are an interactive, personal support related website dedicated to helping each other through the pain and fear of an abusive relationship. We are not here to criticize each other, but instead to lend a friendly ear. We can learn a great deal from one another, sharing stories of troubles and triumphs, of pains and joys, and of thoughts and feelings. Each individual contribution can make a difference in helping to heal the pain, and to rediscover a life without abuse.” This board also has an lgbt forum.


Flying Free


A message board for survivors with a butterfly theme.


Beneath My Facade


Message Board for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Rape & DID. This board is a helpful and supportive place for dissociative identity disorder rape survivors.


Souls self help


This site also has a lot of good information presented in a cheerful way (lots of butterflies). Scroll down and subscribe to one of the email lists given.


Male survivor board


For more male survivor boards see the section on male survivors

Related message boards


Search this directory of self help support groups



Self injury support group


Talk with and get support from others who hurt themselves and also those who have loved ones who hurt themselves.


A Mind's Journey- online support group for DID


"A Mind's Journey" is a safe, supportive community where you can feel comfortable discussing personal issues related to dissociation.


Stigma - children conceived in rape or incest


A support group for individuals conceived in rape or incest. We also provide support to women who have been pregnant by assault or are raising rape or incest conceived children. For more information, please browse the links to the left, or email stigma@kc.rr.com.


Community of Hurricane Katrina Rape Survivors


This is a support group for sexual assault and rape survivors from Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Wilma or any other disaster.


Grrl Activistas


Grrl Activistas is a group for those interested in sexual violence. You can share:

Complaints about media and other organisations provide information about sexual-violence related campaigns of any kind discuss issues relating to sexual violence in the media details of local events such as V-Day events and survivor conferences details of new books, articles, and papers.


Psychological support groups- use the page numbers to scroll to the psychology section.





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Suicide hotlines


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Suicide hotlines and support. You are not alone.
Please call one of these hotlines. Find a world wide directory of suicide hotlines here.


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.

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)
The Gay & Lesbian Hotline 1.888.THE.GLNH (843.4564)



If you're feeling depressed or suicidal now and need to talk to someone, we're here to listen.

LGBT Befrienders


Information on gay and lesbian suicide counseling.

Suicide support groups


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.


Support Directory



Support group directory for suicidal thoughts


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