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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.

LGBTQIA+

Help for LGBTQIA+ victims/survivors
of sexual assault. It can get better.

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servicios y recursos locales.

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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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Rape and sexual abuse are preventable! Sexual violence can be stopped. Hundreds of schools, businesses, organizations, and institutions work with WOAR to bring sexual violence prevention workshops to their communities.

WOAR’s workshops provide strategies to stop rape and sexual abuse before it happens. Organizations can receive on-site training at their location. Workshops are single sessions where participants 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. These programs raise awareness and prevent sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment in the workplace, human trafficking, and teen dating violence. Learn more at: https://www.woar.org/prevention-workshops/

Rape and sexual abuse are preventable! Sexual violence can be stopped. Hundreds of schools, businesses, organizations, and institutions work with WOAR to bring sexual violence prevention workshops to their communities.

WOAR’s workshops provide strategies to stop rape and sexual abuse before it happens. Organizations can receive on-site training at their location. Workshops are single sessions where participants 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. These programs raise awareness and prevent sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment in the workplace, human trafficking, and teen dating violence. Learn more at: https://www.woar.org/prevention-workshops/
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People who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities who have experienced sexual violence may face challenges in accessing legal, medical, law enforcement or other resources more than other populations.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do when someone you care about tells you they have experienced sexual violence. The reaction of the first person a survivor discloses to can affect if they choose to tell others or seek additional resources. Remember to listen without judgement, acknowledge the difficulty of what they went through, and tell them that you care about them. Here are a few tips:

Listen. Many people in crisis feel as though no one understands them and that they are not taken seriously. Show them they matter by giving your undivided attention.

Validate their feelings. Make statements like “I believe you” or “That sounds like a really hard thing to go through.”

Tell them in a direct way that you care about them by saying something like “I care about you” or “I am here for you.”

Use inclusive language that affirms the survivor’s gender identity and sexual orientation. Use neutral language like “partner” or “date” instead of “boyfriend/girlfriend.”

Do not ask about details of the assault. Avoid asking for details of how the assault occurred. 
Learn more: https://www.woar.org/lgbtqia/

People who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities who have experienced sexual violence may face challenges in accessing legal, medical, law enforcement or other resources more than other populations.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do when someone you care about tells you they have experienced sexual violence. The reaction of the first person a survivor discloses to can affect if they choose to tell others or seek additional resources. Remember to listen without judgement, acknowledge the difficulty of what they went through, and tell them that you care about them. Here are a few tips:

Listen. Many people in crisis feel as though no one understands them and that they are not taken seriously. Show them they matter by giving your undivided attention.

Validate their feelings. Make statements like “I believe you” or “That sounds like a really hard thing to go through.”

Tell them in a direct way that you care about them by saying something like “I care about you” or “I am here for you.”

Use inclusive language that affirms the survivor’s gender identity and sexual orientation. Use neutral language like “partner” or “date” instead of “boyfriend/girlfriend.”

Do not ask about details of the assault. Avoid asking for details of how the assault occurred.
Learn more: https://www.woar.org/lgbtqia/
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Philadelphia is one of the largest student hubs in the country with over 450,000 college students. Unfortunately, 20% of women and 6% of men nationwide have faced sexual assault since starting college.

But there's hope!

🌟 City Safe Philadelphia, in collaboration with WOAR, offers specialized training programs for local colleges and universities. Our initiative aims to equip campus security, resident advisors, and other officials with the skills they need to prevent sexual assault and ensure student safety.

🔍 What we offer:

Prevention training: Learn strategies to prevent sexual assault on campus.
Bystander intervention: Equip staff, security, and students with the skills to recognize and safely intervene in harmful situations.
Enhanced protection: Train campus security, police, housing officials, and resident advisors to address sexual violence more effectively.
WOAR supports the City of Philadelphia by helping our esteemed colleges and universities create a safe, collaborative environment where everyone feels comfortable to speak up and take action.

📍 Philadelphia is not only an amazing place to study but also becoming a safer city for everyone.

Let’s make a difference together! 💪Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/CitySafeCollege

Philadelphia is one of the largest student hubs in the country with over 450,000 college students. Unfortunately, 20% of women and 6% of men nationwide have faced sexual assault since starting college.

But there`s hope!

🌟 City Safe Philadelphia, in collaboration with WOAR, offers specialized training programs for local colleges and universities. Our initiative aims to equip campus security, resident advisors, and other officials with the skills they need to prevent sexual assault and ensure student safety.

🔍 What we offer:

Prevention training: Learn strategies to prevent sexual assault on campus.
Bystander intervention: Equip staff, security, and students with the skills to recognize and safely intervene in harmful situations.
Enhanced protection: Train campus security, police, housing officials, and resident advisors to address sexual violence more effectively.
WOAR supports the City of Philadelphia by helping our esteemed colleges and universities create a safe, collaborative environment where everyone feels comfortable to speak up and take action.

📍 Philadelphia is not only an amazing place to study but also becoming a safer city for everyone.

Let’s make a difference together! 💪Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/CitySafeCollege
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Safe Bars helps alcohol-serving businesses create safe, welcoming, and respectful environments for their patrons and staff. We focus on alcohol-serving businesses because at least half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the aggressor, the target, or both, making alcohol-serving places and the hospitality industry a critical platform to address sexual violence. Though alcohol consumption and sexual assault frequently happen together, alcohol use doesn’t cause sexual assault. Given the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault, it’s critical that we build a safer culture in bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, clubs, conferences, events, and other alcohol-related spaces that don’t tolerate harassment or assault. Learn more https://tinyurl.com/SafeBarsPhilly

Safe Bars helps alcohol-serving businesses create safe, welcoming, and respectful environments for their patrons and staff. We focus on alcohol-serving businesses because at least half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the aggressor, the target, or both, making alcohol-serving places and the hospitality industry a critical platform to address sexual violence. Though alcohol consumption and sexual assault frequently happen together, alcohol use doesn’t cause sexual assault. Given the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault, it’s critical that we build a safer culture in bars, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, clubs, conferences, events, and other alcohol-related spaces that don’t tolerate harassment or assault. Learn more https://tinyurl.com/SafeBarsPhilly ...

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At least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether as a child or as an adult. Many men are taught to suppress their emotions and avoid vulnerability, often believing they can't be victims, and seek help. This can lead to silence and internalized beliefs that expressing weakness is not masculine.

Understanding and supporting male survivors is crucial for their healing and mental health. By acknowledging and addressing this issue, we can create a more supportive environment for all survivors.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, remember, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Call our 24/7/365 hotline at 215-985-3333.

At least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether as a child or as an adult. Many men are taught to suppress their emotions and avoid vulnerability, often believing they can`t be victims, and seek help. This can lead to silence and internalized beliefs that expressing weakness is not masculine.

Understanding and supporting male survivors is crucial for their healing and mental health. By acknowledging and addressing this issue, we can create a more supportive environment for all survivors.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, remember, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Call our 24/7/365 hotline at 215-985-3333.
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Happy 4th of July! Have fun and stay safe!

Happy 4th of July! Have fun and stay safe! ...

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City Safe leads the charge in ensuring that Philadelphia’s hospitality industry is one of the safest and most well-trained at preventing and reporting sexual violence and human trafficking. If you sign up for City Safe training, you and your staff will:

-Be equipped with the tools to safely intervene when they suspect a potential sexually violent situation or trafficking situation is occurring.

-Learn you how to identify potential sexual violence and human trafficking situations

-Learn how to report potential sexual violence and human trafficking occurrences

-Learn to alert hotel management when they suspect that a co-worker is being harassed or victimized.

Learn more about City Safe at https://citysafephilly.org

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215.985.3333.

City Safe leads the charge in ensuring that Philadelphia’s hospitality industry is one of the safest and most well-trained at preventing and reporting sexual violence and human trafficking. If you sign up for City Safe training, you and your staff will:

-Be equipped with the tools to safely intervene when they suspect a potential sexually violent situation or trafficking situation is occurring.

-Learn you how to identify potential sexual violence and human trafficking situations

-Learn how to report potential sexual violence and human trafficking occurrences

-Learn to alert hotel management when they suspect that a co-worker is being harassed or victimized.

Learn more about City Safe at https://citysafephilly.org

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215.985.3333.
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Showing kindness to others increases your sense of connectivity with others, decreases loneliness, improves your mood and your relationships. Make an impact by lending a hand to someone in your neighborhood. Spreading kindness, contributing to brighter days for others fosters a stronger community. What makes you feel like you belong? Help others feel like they belong too.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215.985.3333. https://www.woar.org/

Showing kindness to others increases your sense of connectivity with others, decreases loneliness, improves your mood and your relationships. Make an impact by lending a hand to someone in your neighborhood. Spreading kindness, contributing to brighter days for others fosters a stronger community. What makes you feel like you belong? Help others feel like they belong too.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215.985.3333. https://www.woar.org/
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Philadelphia’s summer festival and concert season is in full swing. Incidents of rape and sexual assault tend to increase during the summer compared to other seasons. In the past twenty years, sexual assaults have increased in the summer. Here are a few ways you can stay safe while enjoying your time:

Take a portable charger with you
Go with friends and pick a meeting spot
Pick safe words to text your friends if you are uncomfortable.
If you drink, put a cover on your drink, and never leave your drink unattended.
Stay hydrated. 

Learn more: https://buff.ly/3xuTEm0 

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence, please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215-985-3333. WOAR can help.

Philadelphia’s summer festival and concert season is in full swing. Incidents of rape and sexual assault tend to increase during the summer compared to other seasons. In the past twenty years, sexual assaults have increased in the summer. Here are a few ways you can stay safe while enjoying your time:

Take a portable charger with you
Go with friends and pick a meeting spot
Pick safe words to text your friends if you are uncomfortable.
If you drink, put a cover on your drink, and never leave your drink unattended.
Stay hydrated.

Learn more: https://buff.ly/3xuTEm0

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence, please call our 24/7 Hotline at 215-985-3333. WOAR can help.
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To everyone who rallied with us during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we extend a heartfelt thank you. Your dedication to supporting survivors and advocating for change made a huge difference. Now, as we move forward, we need your support to help us keep making an impact. 

All of WOAR's services are provided free, but our core grant funding hasn't grown in 5+ years even though the need has risen every year. We depend on the generous support of our community to keep WOARs work going. Your gifts act as a beacon of light reaching even the darkest and most hidden corners of Philadelphia. 

Together, we've raised $94K! With just 3 days until June 30th, we're within reach of our $100,000 goal. Your generosity is the key! Can you make a gift to support survivors today? Click this link to donate today https://tinyurl.com/DonateToWOAR 🔑❤️

To everyone who rallied with us during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we extend a heartfelt thank you. Your dedication to supporting survivors and advocating for change made a huge difference. Now, as we move forward, we need your support to help us keep making an impact.

All of WOAR`s services are provided free, but our core grant funding hasn`t grown in 5+ years even though the need has risen every year. We depend on the generous support of our community to keep WOARs work going. Your gifts act as a beacon of light reaching even the darkest and most hidden corners of Philadelphia.

Together, we`ve raised $94K! With just 3 days until June 30th, we`re within reach of our $100,000 goal. Your generosity is the key! Can you make a gift to support survivors today? Click this link to donate today https://tinyurl.com/DonateToWOAR 🔑❤️
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Hale & True is one of WOAR’s Safe Bars located at 613 South 7th Street. Check them out! https://www.haleandtrue.com/ 

For information about how your bar or restaurant can become a Safe Bar, please contact LaQuisha Anthony at laquisha@woar.org or (215) 985-3315 ext. 179.

Hale & True is one of WOAR’s Safe Bars located at 613 South 7th Street. Check them out! https://www.haleandtrue.com/

For information about how your bar or restaurant can become a Safe Bar, please contact LaQuisha Anthony at laquisha@woar.org or (215) 985-3315 ext. 179.
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Healing from sexual violence is a journey that no one should walk alone. Counseling provides a safe space to process emotions, rebuild trust, and reclaim your life. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Call our 24/7 hotline at 215-985-3333 for more information and to set up a counseling appointment.

Healing from sexual violence is a journey that no one should walk alone. Counseling provides a safe space to process emotions, rebuild trust, and reclaim your life. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. WOAR can help. Call our 24/7 hotline at 215-985-3333 for more information and to set up a counseling appointment.
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