Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad
AODVC created the Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad, SASHAA Program, to serve Americans overseas including those:
- Living Abroad
- Working Abroad
- Traveling Abroad
- Studying Abroad
SASHAA specializes in prevention and response to American victims of sexual assault overseas. As experts in the field, SASHAA believes that while sexual assault is not a by-product of culture, sexual assault survivors abroad face additional barriers that require culturally sensitive services and intercultural awareness.
SASHAA offers a continuum of culturally sensitive services including long term case management from advocates with intercultural backgrounds and experience working with sexual assault survivors, who have been specifically trained and are knowledgeable on the additional obstacles that American survivors overseas face. Our advocates assist with empowering survivors of sexual assault to make informed decisions by providing them with knowledge of country specific laws, services, and cultural norms. SASHAA offers specialized international safety planning, assistance with accessing appropriate medical and law enforcement resources, international transition services, counseling, and assistance with housing and other basic needs may it be back in the United States or in another area of the world. Get Help Now.
Are you planning to visit a new country or embark upon a life-changing travel experience? SASHAA provides country-specific ‘Know Before You Go’ resources for Americans planning to travel, study, volunteer, work, or live abroad. These resources provide information about social and cultural norms, gender equality, sexual violence laws, LGBTQ concerns, medical care, and reporting a crime, as well as local resources to help you in the event of a sexual assault abroad. Learn more.