Emergencies Abroad

International Resources for Sexual Assault and Harassment

Introduction

The University of Minnesota takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault very seriously. According to the University of Minnesota Policy (2.3.6): Sexual assault and relationship violence, including threats of sexual assault and related relationship violence, are attacks not only on a person’s body, but also on the person’s dignity, and are not tolerated.

  • Sexual assault: any sexual contact (including, but not limited to sexual intercourse) when such contact is achieved without consent; or with the use of force, coercion, deception, or threat.
  • Rape: sexual intercourse achieved without consent or with the use of force.
  • Consent: informed, freely and actively given, and mutually understood. If physical force, coercion, intimidation, and /or threats are used, there is no consent. There is no consent if victim/survivor is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired. This includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious.

Anyone who experiences sexual harassment or sexual assault while abroad must deal with the stress of this unwanted event in a place and culture that is unfamiliar. Being away from the support and comfort of home can exacerbate feelings of hurt, confusion, anger, and loss of control. Keep in mind that although sexual violence of any kind can have an acute effect, most victims/survivors of these incidents find a way to recover without drastically altering their everyday lives.

Tips to Consider

If you are a victim, remember, there is no “right way” to react to experiencing sexual assault. Only the survivor can decide whom to tell and what steps to take next. Below are a few tips to consider:

Talk with someone: Most survivors find some comfort in talking with someone about the assault, journaling, and/or talking with a counselor. If possible, contact your program director, talk to a friend or relative, or contact the nearest resource included in this brochure, U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Diplomatic Mission. Be sure to understand if the person you talk to is required to tell anyone else about what you share. The University’s Aurora Center can offer confidential help.

Get medical care: Have your medical needs attended to at a clinic or emergency room. If you have the required medical, evacuation, and security insurance through the University of Minnesota, your medical care will be covered and you can receive advice on locations by contacting them.

Report the assault: Consider whether you would like to make a police report. If there is any chance you want to report your assault: Do not shower or douche; save the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag; save sheets, blankets, or anything else that may have evidence as well. Do not throw anything away or try to clean up; go to a hospital, clinic, or emergency room where you can receive a sexual assault exam. This can be performed up to 72 hours after an assault, but is most successful within the first 24 hours. If you choose not to report the crime soon after the incident, forensic evidence may be lost.

Remember: Survivors cannot change what has happened, but they do get to make their own decisions about what is best for their recovery. Some survivors feel that it is a personal victory to finish their overseas experience while others feel their recovery will be hastened by returning home.

U.S. Embassies, your program director, and contacts listed in the Directory below can tell you about local police and legal procedures, as these can often be different from in the U.S. Cultural and social attitudes toward rape and sexual assault victims may vary greatly in different countries. If you choose to report the incident to the police, ask someone to go to the police station with you—many survivors find it helps not to be alone. Remember, only you can decide if you want to take legal action; no one else can make that decision for you. In most countries, you must report the crime before leaving the country if you want it to be investigated. Many countries will not open a criminal investigation upon your departure.

You may be covered by your homeowners or travel insurance for any belongings you may have lost at the time of the assault. It is likely you will have to report the incident to the police in the country that you are in for the insurance to be valid.

Directory of Resources Abroad

These resources and contact details are provided to assist victims of sexual harassment and assault. It should be noted that services differ widely around the world based on cultural norms and levels of financial support. We have done our best to locate quality resources based on the advice of our in-country partners as well as our students. Inclusion of a resource in this document does not indicate endorsement as the website, centers, and crisis lines have not been officially reviewed or approved by the University. If you have feedback on any of the resources included hereafter or would like to suggest a resource to be added during the next round of edits, please contact the GPS Alliance at global@umn.edu.

Africa & the Middle East

Egypt: Cairo

ADEW
8/10 Mathaf El-Manial St.
adew@link.net | adew@adew.org | Phone: (202) 23644324 25118677

Ghana: Accra

Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU)
Phone: +233 (030) 266 2290 | +233 (030) 266 3563

Jordan: Amman

Freedom House
fhjordan@freedomhouse.org | info@freedomhouse.org | Phone: 962 6 551 8421

Kenya: Nairobi

Coalition on Violence against Women
Leroghi Gardens, Mbaazi Avenue, Off King’ara Road
info@covaw.or.ke | Helpline: 254 20 574357 | Phone: 254 0722 594794

Morocco: Fez

Collectif Horizons Féminins
Residence alami rue Abou tayeb Al Moutanabi
Phone: (212-55) 65 91 73

Morocco: Tangier

Assn. Amna pour la Protection des Femmes Victimes de Violence
39, Sidi Bouabid
associationamna@yahoo.fr | 00212 39 33 16 17

Morocco: Rabat

Nejma Center for Women Victims of Violence
ADFM Bureau de Rabat, Rue Ibn Mokla, n 2 Quartier des Orangers
nejmacentre@gmail.com | Phone: 00212 537 72 16 56

Senegal: Dakar

Comite de Lutte Contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes
Immeuble Arame Fahat NDIAYE- Parc à Mazout Colobane, 10682 Dakar–Liberté
clvfsenegal@sentoo.sn | Phone: 824 13 41

South Africa: Durban

Kwa Zulu Natal Network on Violence Against Women
GBV Prevention Network, Kampala, Uganda
info@preventgbvafrica.org | +256 414 531186

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam

Tanzania Media Women’s Association
admin@amipl.net | doc@amipl.net | Phone: 255 22 2115278

Americas

Dominican Republic: Santiago

Núcleo de Apoyo a la Mujer (Nucleus of Support to Women)
Calle Vicente Estrella No. 51, Santiago
nucleodeapoyoalamujer@gmail.com | Phone: (809) 581 8301 | (809) 971 7909

Centro de Apoyo Aquelarre (Center for Group Support)
Calle Santa Rosa No. 4 A, El Millón, Santo Domingo, 3003
ceapa@codetel.net.do | Phone: +809 534 3871

Costa Rica: San Jose

Asociación Alianza de Mujeres Costarricenses (AMC), Programa Vida sin Violencia, Derecho Humano de Toda Mujer
Avenida 12, Calle 5, Casa 363
amccpalm@sol.racsa.co.cr | Phone: (506) 233 5769 | 256 5178

Chile: Santiago

Servicio Médico Legal
Avenida La Paz 1012, Independencia
Phone: (2) 27823500

Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Atentados Sexuales (CAVAS)
Román Díaz 817 Providencia, Santiago
cavasinvestigaciones@gmail.com | Phone: (56 2) 264 0431 / 2493

Casa Malén
Los Arrayanes 6342 Lo Prado, Santiago
edivers@hmministry.org | Phone: 440-333-5373 |

Brazil: São Paulo

Comunicación y Vida (COMVIDA)
Rua Antonio de Macedo Soares, 414
Phone: 11 5543 6333

Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra
Rua Primo Ferreira 22 Santos - São Paulo, CEP 11045-150
ccnegra@uol.com.br | Phone: (55 13) 3877 9455 |

Argentina: Buenos Aires

Red Informativa de Mujeres de Argentina

Tourist Police Station
Province of Buenos Aires Corrientes Avenue 436, San Nicolás Small Square
Phone: 4346 5748 | 0800 9995000

Ecuador: Quito

Fundacio Casa de Refugio Matilde
Chillogallo, Matilde Hidalgo S 31-02 y Av. Matilde Álvarez, Quito
casaderefugiomatilde@yahoo.com | Phone: 262-5316 | 099-722674 | 255-5000 Receptor 35100 |

Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias (CEIME)
Alemania E4-55 y República, Zip: 1721 - 1
ceime@ceime.net | +593 2 2 544662 / 543442

Guatemala: Guatemala City

Procurador de los Derechos Humanos - Defensoria de los Derechos de la Mujer
12 Avenida 12-72, Zona 1
(502) 2424 1717, Call center: 1555

Fundación Guatemala
294 24907ª Calle A 20-53, Zona 11 Mirador
fungua@quetzal.net | fungua@itelgua.com | Phone: (502) 475 3470 | 475 3474 |

Jamaica: Kingston

Women Incorporated (Crisis Centre)
18 Ripon Road, Kingston 5
w.i.crisiscenter@cwjamaica.com | Helpline: 876 929 9038 | 952 9533 4

Mexico: Cuernavaca

Centro de Mujeres (CIDHAL)
Calle Las Flores Nº 11, Col. Acapantzingo 62440
cidhal@prodigy.net.mx | Helpline: (52 777) 318 1948 | Phone: (52 777) 312 8988

Peru: Lima

Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables
postmaster@mimp.gob.pe | Phone: (511) 626 1600 | Jr. Camaná

Programa Nacional contra la Violencia Familiar y Sexual
programaviolencia@mimdes.gob.pe | Jr. Camaná 616 - Lima 1

Red Nacional de Casas de Refugio para la Mujer y Niñez Víctimas de Violencia Familiar y Sexual
Jr. Huillac Ñusta 273, El Planeta - Lima
rednacrefugios@mixmail.com | Phone: (51 1) 332 3547

Venezuela: Merida

La Avanzadora (House of the Woman Juana Ramirez)
Urb. Calicanto, Street Lopez North Aveledo #11
Apartado 2031- Maracay-Estado Aragua
cmjr@cantv.net | Phone: (58 243) 246 3796

Asia & Oceania

Australia

Crisis Support (Australian Government)

24-Hour Australia Nationwide Sexual Assault Line
1 800 737 732

Australia: Wollongong

Urunga House, Wollongong Hospital
4 Urunga Parade, Wollongong 2500
Helpline: (02) 4222 5000 | Phone: (02) 4222 5408 | Fax: (02) 4228 8461

Australia: Brisbane

Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC)
admin@brissc.org.au | (07) 3391 0004
15 Morrisey St, Wollongabba, Brisbane 4102

Australia: Cairns

Sexual Assault Support Service (Family Planning Qld. Cairns)
The Solander Centre | 182 Grafton Street, Cairns Q 4870
cnssexualassault@fpq.com.au
Helpline: (07) 4050 6304 | Anonymous line: (07) 4031 3590

Queensland Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline
1-800-010-120 (24 hours)

Australia: Melbourne

Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA House)
Level 3, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
casa@thewomens.org.au | 1 800 806 292

Australia: Sydney

NSW Rape Crisis Centre
info@nswrapecrisis.com.au | Phone: 1800 424 017 | 1800 737 732 | PO Box 555, Drummoyne 2047

Royal North Shore Hospital
Reserve Road, St Leonards, NSW 2065
Helpline: (02) 9926 7111 | Phone: 02 9926 7111

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Missenden Road, Camperdown 2050
Helpline: (02) 9515 6111 | Phone: (02) 9515 9040

Australia: Townsville

Sexual Assault Support Service (Family Planning Qld. Townsville)
Suite 2, 5 Castlemaine St., Kirwan QLD 4817
Phone: (07) 4723 8184

Australia: Wollongong

Urunga House, Wollongong Hospital
4 Urunga Parade, Wollongong 2500
Helpline: (02) 4222 5000 | Phone: (02) 4222 5408 | Fax: (02) 4228 8461

China: Beijing (Tianjin)

Beijing Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center
maplewomencenter@vip.sina.com | Hotline: 010 68 333 388 | 010 64 073 3800

Women’s Hotline in Beijing
No. 93, Dong Si Shi Si Tiao, Beijing
Phone: 86-10-64048187 | maple@public.fhnet.cn.net

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centers
Helpline: 2386 6255

India: Jaipur

VIVIDHA
24/121, Swarn Path, Mansarovar
Phone: 91 141 392148 | vividha2001@yahoo.com

India: Vrindavan

National Commission for Women
Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Marg, New Delhi
Phone: 2323 7166 | 2323 6988 | membersecretary@nationalcomissionforwomen.org

Japan: Hiroshima

Emergency Medical Service Net Hiroshima
Helpline: 0120 169912

Japan: Nagoya

Nagoya International Centre
Kokusai Centre Station (directly above exit 2), Koei 2-2-29, Minato-ku
Helpline: 052 581 0100 | 052 654 3511 | iscnic@arion.ocn.ne.jp

Japan: Tokyo

Tokyo Rape Crisis Center
81 3 3207 3692 | 03 3207 3692 | wsw@tokyo-rcc.org

Malaysia: Penang

Pusat Kesedaran Wanita (Women’s Centre for Change WCC)
24-D Jalan Jones, 10250
wcc@wccpenang.org | 604-228-0342 |

New Zealand

Sexual assault support centers in New Zealand
Note: Cost of counseling services in New Zealand covered by the Accident Compensation Corp.

New Zealand: Auckland

HELP: Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors
info@helpauckland.org.nz | Phone: 09 623 1700

Rape Prevention Education
info@rapecrisis.org.nz | 64 09 360 4001

New Zealand: Dunedin

Rape Crisis Dunedin
1st Floor, Corso Building, 111 Moray Place
rcrisis@xtra.co.nz | Helpline: 03 474 1592

New Zealand: Wellington

Wellington Sexual Abuse Help Foundation
info@wellingtonhelp.org.nz | Helpline: 04 499 7532 | Phone: 04 499 7530

Singapore

Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Blk 5 Dover Crescent #01-22, 130005
aware@aware.org.sg | Helpline: 1800 774 5935 | Phone: +65 6 779 7137

South Korea: Seoul

Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center
2FL 366-24 Habjung-Dong Mapo-Ku
ksvrc@korea.com | Phone: (02) 338 5801 2 (10 am-5 pm)

Korean Women’s Hotline
1F 1-15 Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu Seoul | Subway: Bus exit no.2 of Bulgwang Stn on Line 6 or 3
hotline@hotline.or.kr | 02 3156 5400

Taiwan: Taipei

Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (TWRF)
2F, No. 66, Sec 1, Chin Shan S. Rd.
pr@twrf.org.tw | (02) 2555 8595

Thailand: Bangkok

Turning Points, The Emergency Home and Relief Fund for Women and Children in Distress
50/1 Decha Tungkha Road, Si Kan, Don Muang district
we-train@linethai.co.th | Phone: 929 2222 | 929 2301 10

Foundation for Women
FFW@mozart.inet.co.th | Phone: (66 2) 433 5149 | 0 2433 5149 | 0 2435 1246

Thailand: Khan Kaen

KhonKaen Ram Hospital
193 Srichan Rd, Muang, Khon Kaen
kkram@khonkaenram.com | Phone: 0 4333 3800

Vietnam: Hanoi

Research Center for Family Health and Community Development (CEFACOM)
No. 12, Lane 131/31, Thai Ha Street
cefacom@fpt.vn | Phone: In-country: 0 537 5700 | Overseas: +84 537 5700

Europe

Austria: Graz

Frauen für Frauen – Hilfe für Frauen in Krisen (Women for Women – Help for Women in Crisis)
Conrad v. Hötzendorf Straße 23-8010
++43 316 82 7707 0

Austria: Vienna

Women’s Helpline
frauenhelpline@aoef.at | 0800 222555 | 1050 Vienna, Austria

Belgium: Brussels

Sos Viol
Rue Blanche, 62 A – 1060 Brussels
sosviol@brutele.be | 02 534 3636

Czech Republic: Prague

The White Circle of Safety (Bíl. kruh bezpe’í)
Bíl. kruh bezpecí, U Trojice 2, 150 00 Praha 5
bkb.praha@bkb.cz | Phone: 420 2 57317110 | +420 2 51 51 13 13

Denmark: Copenhagen

Dannerhuset
Nansensgade 1, 1366 Copenhagen
dannerhuset@email.dk | Phone: 3333 0047 | 3333 0037 |
24 hr Social Services: 33 17 33 33 | Hotline: 70 20 30 82

The Open Door
Tondergade 8, Copenhagen
Phone: ++45 3324 9103

England

List of rape crisis centers in the UK

Lancaster / Lancashire, England

Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Centre (SAFE Centre)

Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Ln, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT
safe@lthtr.nhs.uk | 01772 523344 | Counseling Appt: 01772 523949

England: London

The Havens
020 3312 1101

St. Mary’s Hospital
Praed Street (btwn Paddington & Edgware stations)

England: Norwich

SeVa Norwich Rape Crisis
admin@seva-uk.org | Phone: 01603 622406

Norwich Community Workshop
6 Music House Ln, NR1 1QL

Finland: Helsinki

Rape Crisis Centre Tukinainen
office@tukinainen.fi | Phone: +358 (0)9 5860 360 | Helpline: 0800 97899

France

When a victim reports a violent crime or rape in France, they are obliged to be examined at a Unité Médico-Judiciaire. Here, the physical and psychological state of the victim is assessed and, in the case of a rape victim, DNA samples will be taken as well as pregnancy, STD, and HIV testing offered. The report given by the doctor is then given to the police to proceed with the case.

France: Montpellier

SOS Femmes Battues
13006 Marseille
sosfemmesmarseille@wanadoo.fr | Helpline #: 04 67 58 07 03

France: Paris

Paris Aide aux Victimes
12, rue Charles Fourier, 75013 | 22, rue Jacques Kellner, 75017
Helpline: (0145) 881800 | Phone: 01 53 06 83 50

Germany: Berlin

LARA Crisis Center for Women
Phone: 49 2168888 | beratung@lara-berlin.de | verein@lara-berlin.de

Germany: Freiburg

Frauenhorizonte (Center for Sexually Assaulted Women)
Basler Str. 8, 79100 Freiburg
info@frauenhorizonte.de | Helpline: 0761/ 2 85 85 85

Greece: Athens

Hellenic Association for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse
Nikis Street 11, 105 57 Athens
Phone: 201 331 7305 | Isotita4@otenet.gr

Iceland: Reykjavik

Stigamot
Vesturgata 3, 101 Reykjavik
stigamot@stigamot.is | Helpline: 354 800 6868 | Phone: 354 562 6868

Ireland

List of rape crisis centers in Ireland

Ireland: Dublin

Dublin Rape Crisis Center
70 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2
rcc@indigo.ie | Helpline: 1 800 778 888 | Phone: 01 661 4911

Women’s Aid Confidential
Everton House, 47 Old Cabra Road, Dublin 2
info@womensaid.ie | Helpline: 1 800 341 900 | Phone: (01) 6788858

Italy: Florence

L’Associazione Artemisia “Catia Franci”
Via del Mezzetta, 1/int. -50135
cfranci@fol.it | Helpline: 055 602311 (24 hours) | Helpline for minors: 055 601375

Italy: Rome

Associazione Nazionale Telefono Rosa
Viale Mazzini 73, 00195
telefonorosa@libero.it | 06 37 51 82 82

Netherlands: Amsterdam

S.O.S. Telefonische Hulpdienst
1070 LP Amsterdam
Helpline: 31 (0)20 6757575 | Phone: 31 20 6758888 | postmaster@sosthd-adam.nl

De Eerste Lijn
Koolmijnlaan 86, 3580 Beringen
eerstelijn@deeerstelijn.be | Phone: 011 42 45 35 |

Norway: Bergen

Bergen Krisesenter
krise-fk@online.no | 5531 5050

Norway: Oslo & Aas

Oslo Crisis Center for Women
Phone: 47-22-37-4700

Krisesentersekretariatet
Storgata 11, 0155 Oslo
tsm@krisesenter.com | Hotline: 47 2301 0341 | Phone: 47 9057 9118

Russia: St. Petersberg

Crisis Center for Women
192071, St. Petersburg, Russia
crisis@online.ru | Phone: 7 812 327 3000

City Center of Social Help for Women
Moskovsky pr. 206, s.1, 196066 Saint Petersburg
jecenter@actor.ru | Phone: ++7 812 2930673

Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland
46 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HG
info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk | Phone: 0141 331 4180 | Hotline: 01088 01 03 02

Spain: Barcelona

Associació Assistència Dones Agredides Sexualment
Gran Via de les Corts, Catalanes, 488, Entlo 4th, 08015 Barcelona
informacion@aadas.e.telefonica.net | Phone: 93 487 57 60

Spain: Madrid

Cavas Comunidad de Madrid
C/ Alcalá, 124 – 1 A, 28009 Madrid
cavasmadrid@yahoo.es | cavasmadrid@terra.es | 91 574 01 10

Sweden: Götenborg

Stödcentrum BEDA (Support Centre BEDA)
Folke Bernadottes gata 2, 4128
info@stodcentrum-beda.nu | Phone: +46 031 133666 | +46 031 133585

Sweden: Stockholm

National Center for Battered and Raped Women
Kvinnokliniken, Akademiska Sjukhuset | S-751 85 Uppsala
Gun.Heimer@akademiska.se | +46 18 611 27 93

Switzerland: St. Gallen

Berner Frauenhaus (Women’s Shelter)
info@frauenhaus-bern.ch | Phone: 031 332 55 33

Turkey: Istanbul

Mor Cati Kadin Siginagi Vakfi (Purple Roof Women’s Shelter and Foundation)
Katip Mustafa Celebi Mah. Anadolu Sok. No:23, D:7-8 Beyoglu
morcati@morcati.org.tr | Phone: 0212 292 52 31 | 0212 292 52 32

Wales

Rape and Sexual Abuse Line South Wales
Phone: (029) 2037 3181

  • Cardiff Central (029) 2052 7358
  • Cardiff County (029) 2057 8408
  • Cardiff East (029) 2057 8408
  • Cardiff West & Central 029 2038 3100

Wales: Cardiff

Cardiff University Health Centre
47 Park Place
Helpline: (029) 2037 3181 | Phone: (029) 2087 4810

Survivors of Male Rape Helpline
020 7833 3737 (Mon and Wed, 7-10pm)

World-Wide Resources

  • University of Minnesota Aurora Center advocates are available 24/7 at 612-626-9111.
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network):
  • You may contact the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours), 202-647-5225 (after hours), or 202-501-4444 (if overseas) to get information about what your embassy can do to help.
  • A list of rape crisis hotlines around the world: http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html

Special thanks: University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center’s on-site staff, Learning Abroad Center partners, and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

©2015 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint or reproduce the Directory of Resources Abroad, contact the University of Minnesota’s Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, 612-624-5580 or global@umn.edu.

Directory of Resources Abroad


A printed version of the International Resources for Sexual Assault and Harassment is available at the GPS Alliance, Learning Abroad Center, and the Aurora Center. If you would like to request paper brochures, contact the GPS Alliance at 612-624-5580 or global@umn.edu.