The recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is far from over. Even today, there is still devastation in many areas, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
How Disasters Impact Survivors
Disaster impacts individuals when their homes or workplaces are damaged or destroyed, when they lose electricity and transportation, and/or when they do not have access to food or clean water. Organizations like shelters or rape crisis centers are impacted in the same ways. We know that sexual violence increases during disaster situations
, and when advocacy organizations are unable to provide services to victims, the issue is exacerbated.
Countless times, individuals have reached out to us with the same question: “What can I do to support survivors?” Maybe they are a survivor, know a survivor, or just have a heart for victims of sexual violence. Right now, there’s no question where help for survivors is needed the most.
You can help rebuild the critical support systems that survivors of sexual violence rely on every day in these impacted areas by donating to NSVRC’s Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims.
The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims
• Supporting relocation/rebuilding efforts for damaged programs
• Supporting the needs of sexual assault survivors and advocacy program staff
• Aiding with expanded direct service needs
• Assisting with prevention initiatives to protect evacuees from sexual violence
Thanks to the donations of our community in the past two months, we were able to send funds to programs in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But we still need your help. The needs in these areas are much greater than what we currently have to offer, as many programs and individuals are still without basic necessities.
We’re calling on you to help us replenish the Relief Fund in order to assist those in need now and those who may be impacted by future disasters. One hundred percent of donations go to victims and programs affected by disasters, so please donate now.
How to Donate
You can donate online through the NSVRC online store
, or you can purchase Cards that Care
, a series of greeting cards whose proceeds benefit the Relief Fund. You can also send a check or money order to:
Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims
c/o National Sexual Violence Resource Center
2101 N. Front Street
Governor’s Plaza North, Building #2
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Thank you for your generosity and support of the Relief Fund. Together, we can stand together as survivors, advocates, and allies in the work to end sexual violence.