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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

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ADVOCACY. HEALING. EDUCATION. PREVENTION.

If you have been sexually assaulted, talk with someone now.

If this is an emergency, please call 911.

WOAR’s Hotline Crisis Counselors provide support, information, referral guidance, and
coordinate counseling services.

We’re here to help. 24/7.

Contact us for free, confidential support at any time, 365 days a year. We are always here for you.

WHO WE ARE

A safer Philadelphia, for better tomorrows.

For 50 years, WOAR – Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence has provided an empathetic ear, a caring heart and a helping hand to anyone who has experienced sexual violence recently, or at any time in their life. Each year, we helped thousands of survivors of sexual violence in Philadelphia through our hotline and in-person support and advocacy.

WOAR is here for survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault because generous donors, like you, made it possible. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others. WOAR is here because you make it possible!

Please stand with us by making a donation to WOAR.

Get the support you need.

WOAR offers crisis support and resources for specific communities. Find guidance to get the help you
need, or discover resources to help someone in need of crisis support.

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of sexual assault. It can get better.

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Young Adults & Teens

Learn about sexual violence among
young adults and teens.

Pioneers. Advocates. Survivors. Moving Victims of Sexual Violence from Crisis to Confidence for 50 Years. WOAR
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You are not alone.
We’ve been there.

“When I was put in a fight or flight situation, I did neither. I froze. And I want to make it clear to other survivors that froze, you made it out alive. Your body protected you the best it could. You did everything right, and now you are a survivor. A SURVIVOR. Also, survivors of this kind of trauma should always remember it is never your fault. You did not choose this – no matter what people say or don’t say.”

Isabella, Survivor and Volunteer

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We Heal. We Educate. We Empower. We Advocate. We Create Change. WOAR - Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence
City Safe is a program of WOAR – Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence. Sexual predators and sex traffickers sometimes use hotels to recruit and exploit victims. And sometimes housekeepers and hotel staff become victims of sexual assault perpetrated by hotel guests.

Putting an end to sexual violence in the hospitality industry requires skilled advocates, a well trained staff, and a conscious effort from management, staff and guest/clients of the hotel. City Safe provides all this and more. To learn more visit http://citysafephilly.org/

City Safe is a program of WOAR – Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence. Sexual predators and sex traffickers sometimes use hotels to recruit and exploit victims. And sometimes housekeepers and hotel staff become victims of sexual assault perpetrated by hotel guests.

Putting an end to sexual violence in the hospitality industry requires skilled advocates, a well trained staff, and a conscious effort from management, staff and guest/clients of the hotel. City Safe provides all this and more. To learn more visit http://citysafephilly.org/
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Are you a trailblazer ready to lead our team to greatness? As our Executive Director, you`ll have the chance to channel your passion into meaningful action. If you`re up for the challenge, read more about this amazing opportunity: https://www.woar.org/join-our-team/ ...

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Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery. Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary dramatically.

Vulnerable populations are frequently targeted by traffickers, including runaway and homeless youth, as well as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war, or social discrimination.

Sex trafficking occurs in a range of venues including fake massage businesses, via online ads or escort services, in residential brothels, on the street or at truck stops, or at hotels and motels.

Learn more at: https://www.woar.org/human-trafficking/ 

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, call the WOAR 24/7 hotline at 215-985-3333. We can help.

Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery. Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary dramatically.

Vulnerable populations are frequently targeted by traffickers, including runaway and homeless youth, as well as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war, or social discrimination.

Sex trafficking occurs in a range of venues including fake massage businesses, via online ads or escort services, in residential brothels, on the street or at truck stops, or at hotels and motels.

Learn more at: https://www.woar.org/human-trafficking/

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, call the WOAR 24/7 hotline at 215-985-3333. We can help.
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WOAR’s Professional Development and Community Education staff provide professionals and community partners with up-to-date information about sexual violence and related topics. Professionals and community partners attending the trainings will gain knowledge, awareness, and strategies around preventing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse, as well as how to effectively increase protective factors which support efforts to end sexual violence. Organizations can receive on-site training at their location and a certificate of participation will be provided. ACT 127 and Act 48 credits will be provided for completing Mandated Reporter Training Workshops. To learn more, visit https://www.woar.org/prevention-workshops/

WOAR’s Professional Development and Community Education staff provide professionals and community partners with up-to-date information about sexual violence and related topics. Professionals and community partners attending the trainings will gain knowledge, awareness, and strategies around preventing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse, as well as how to effectively increase protective factors which support efforts to end sexual violence. Organizations can receive on-site training at their location and a certificate of participation will be provided. ACT 127 and Act 48 credits will be provided for completing Mandated Reporter Training Workshops. To learn more, visit https://www.woar.org/prevention-workshops/ ...

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The traumatic impacts of sexual violence can last a long time after an event. Sexual violence victims may not talk about the sexual assault or abuse until years later. Talking about what happened, or how you feel, can help you release yourself from shame, feel more confident, and learn the right coping skills. WOAR’s therapists specialize in sexual violence trauma. They understand its impact and provide healing guidance. Whether you're experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, upsetting emotions, or another concern, you're not alone; support is available. To get therapy started, please 215-985-3333 anytime, day or night. 

Learn more: https://www.woar.org/counseling.

The traumatic impacts of sexual violence can last a long time after an event. Sexual violence victims may not talk about the sexual assault or abuse until years later. Talking about what happened, or how you feel, can help you release yourself from shame, feel more confident, and learn the right coping skills. WOAR’s therapists specialize in sexual violence trauma. They understand its impact and provide healing guidance. Whether you`re experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, dissociation, upsetting emotions, or another concern, you`re not alone; support is available. To get therapy started, please 215-985-3333 anytime, day or night.

Learn more: https://www.woar.org/counseling.
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Calling all visionaries! Become our new Executive Director and be part of a team that`s redefining what it means to make a difference. If you`re ready to turn your passion into a powerful force for change, take the first step today: https://www.woar.org/join-our-team/ ...

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Online safety isn’t just an issue for youth. Adults of all ages have fallen prey to online scammers, phishing attempts, bullying, and multiple forms of extortion. Thorn states that sextortion “takes on different forms, but at its core, it is the threat to expose sexual images to make a person do something. Threats come from both strangers met online and once intimate romantic partners attempting to harass, embarrass, and control victims.” Sextortion happens to adults as well as kids and teens - 2 in 3 victims were 16 or younger when threatened online. And, 47% of victims experienced threats daily. 

Learn more about sextortion at:  https://www.thorn.org/research/grooming-and-sextortion/

Online safety isn’t just an issue for youth. Adults of all ages have fallen prey to online scammers, phishing attempts, bullying, and multiple forms of extortion. Thorn states that sextortion “takes on different forms, but at its core, it is the threat to expose sexual images to make a person do something. Threats come from both strangers met online and once intimate romantic partners attempting to harass, embarrass, and control victims.” Sextortion happens to adults as well as kids and teens - 2 in 3 victims were 16 or younger when threatened online. And, 47% of victims experienced threats daily.

Learn more about sextortion at: https://www.thorn.org/research/grooming-and-sextortion/
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Bok Bar is a member of WOAR’s Safe Bars Program and is located atop the Bok Building, an old vocational school turned creative workspace. Former classrooms have been repurposed into studios for artists, makers, nonprofits, and small businesses. No reservations required. Drop by for cold drinks, great food, and an amazing view. 

Learn more about Safe Bars at: https://citysafephilly.org/become-a-safe-bar/

Bok Bar is a member of WOAR’s Safe Bars Program and is located atop the Bok Building, an old vocational school turned creative workspace. Former classrooms have been repurposed into studios for artists, makers, nonprofits, and small businesses. No reservations required. Drop by for cold drinks, great food, and an amazing view.

Learn more about Safe Bars at: https://citysafephilly.org/become-a-safe-bar/
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Good neighbors are the keystone to safe societies and if we didn’t watch out for each other, we wouldn’t have the sense of community that we have in Philly. To prevent sexual violence, we need to be alert to violence because it can happen anywhere. Good neighbors can act when they see or hear sexual violence, step in and draw attention away from the person who is experiencing sexual violence, get help and check in with the neighbor that experienced sexual violence. Please share a positive story about helping your neighbor in the comments.

Good neighbors are the keystone to safe societies and if we didn’t watch out for each other, we wouldn’t have the sense of community that we have in Philly. To prevent sexual violence, we need to be alert to violence because it can happen anywhere. Good neighbors can act when they see or hear sexual violence, step in and draw attention away from the person who is experiencing sexual violence, get help and check in with the neighbor that experienced sexual violence. Please share a positive story about helping your neighbor in the comments. ...

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It's Mental Health Awareness Month. Take some time to learn why having a positive mindset is good for your overall health.

Why is positive thinking important? Positive thinking is important because it can have a beneficial impact on both physical and mental well-being. People who maintain a more positive outlook on life cope better with stress, have better immunity, and have a lower risk of premature death.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, please call 215-985-4444 for help.

It`s Mental Health Awareness Month. Take some time to learn why having a positive mindset is good for your overall health.

Why is positive thinking important? Positive thinking is important because it can have a beneficial impact on both physical and mental well-being. People who maintain a more positive outlook on life cope better with stress, have better immunity, and have a lower risk of premature death.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, please call 215-985-4444 for help.
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