24 places to donate to sexual assault survivors, one for every hour of the day Trump makes you feel gross
At Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, as well as his own recorded comments boasting about sexual assault, obviously came up. Trump predictably enough brushed off allegations against him in the worst way, and to all viewers who cringed on behalf of assault victims everywhere, here’s 24 places to donate to sexual assault survivors (that’s one for every hour of the day Trump makes you feel gross.)
Coming forward to accuse Trump obviously required a high degree of bravery among women, probably fully aware of the disgusting, misogynistic backlash they would (and have) inevitably face, and also shined a light on how pervasive and damaging different forms of sexual assault are. By no means is the Trump scandal without its own host of flaws, from its triggering effects on victims and survivors, to the damaging, sexist demands our society makes of victims in order to believe them. But we can’t really solve a huge problem until we’re able to collectively recognize it, and, of course, until we arm society with the resources to fight it.
That being said, here’s a list of anti-sexual abuse groups around the nation for you to donate to, so one positive thing (other than Trump’s campaign taking an enormous hit) can come of the Republican nominee’s insanely damaging statements:
Tonight’s debate took place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, so in honor of that, consider donating to this state anti-sexual assault org, where volunteers and staff are trained on issues surrounding sexual violence and provide support, information, individual or group counseling, medical attention, and guidance in reporting a crime to law enforcement, along with other services, according to its website.
In the days following the release of the 2005 Trump tape, RAINN saw a roughly 35 percent increase in calls to its phone hotline. The day after the 2005 tapes were leaked by The Washington Post, contact on the online chat hotline increased by 33 percent, Slate reports. RAINN Vice President Brian Pinero confirmed to NPR that the dramatic increase in contact among its sexual assault hotlines is absolutely related to the Trump scandal, claiming much of the traffic RAINN has been receiving comes from individuals who claim that recent Trump-related events spurred them to action.
This website offers a wide variety of information on sexual violence in the form of a large legal resource library.
NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization in the United States, founded in 1975, and offers counseling and resources to victims.
Operated by RAINN, this hotline is open to all people affected by sexual violence. It also directs callers to their nearest local sexual assault service provider and takes calls at 800.656.HOPE.
VAWnet hosts a resource library boasting thousands of resources regarding violence against women and related issues, “with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression,” RAINN notes.
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence seeks to educate communities about sexual violence, considering federal laws, legislation, and appropriations with their team of experts and advocates who offer written analysis and media interviews, keep track of legislation, and advise members of Congress.
The National Center for Victims of Crime strives “to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.”
This hotline connects victims to advocates who advise on local direct service resources, including safehouse shelters, transportation, and legal assistance. It offers interpreter services available in 170 languages and is a partner with the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Center and provides videophone option for deaf victims.
This helpline offers resources to younger victims of sexual and domestic abuse.
This organization provides sexual and domestic violence advocacy, focusing on serving women and children in both civilian and military populations abroad.
As you could probably guess, the national coalition of Domestic Violence organizations focuses on establishing a “zero tolerance policy” on sexual assault in society.
This website connects women to legal services focused on domestic, gender-based, and sexual violence, striving toward a society free of abuse of women like that which Trump boasted about.
OAASIS supports state-wide victims, with a website that provides resources to victims everywhere.
The California Coalition offers counseling, legal resources, advocacy, and education and awareness campaigns across its state.
Other than his own wife, most of the people defending and condoning Trump’s words and deeds have been, predictably enough, men. This organization’s goal is to educate everyone to be an ally to victims.
Trump’s language might not have featured any racially-charged language, but it’s worth noting how disproportionately prominent sexual violence and abuse is among indigenous women.
If the thought of Trump’s words influencing the youths frankly terrifies you, consider donating to this “youth-driven” org to combat sexual assault and the destructive culture around it.
SOAR leads national awareness campaigns, education and prevention programs to help survivors and address cultural stigma and misconceptions around sexual assault.
Trump’s alleged victims are all women, but it would be a huge mistake to assume all sexual assault victims are female.
Pandora’s Project is a nonprofit organization that “currently relies solely on donations from individuals to operate,” according to its website. It offers resources to victims free of charge on its website.
This advocacy organization unites women of color against an issue that disproportionately affects their community.
The Joyful Heart Foundation’s mission is “to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.”
According to its website, Pave “empowers students, parents, and civic leaders to end sexual violence with prevention education promoting respect of oneself and each other.”