What is SASHAA?
The Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA) is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC). AODVC created and launched the SASHAA program to specifically address the needs for prevention and response to American sexual assault survivors overseas.
Are there many Americans overseas?
On a yearly basis, over 283,00 American students study abroad, 80 million Americans travel overseas, 8.7 million Americans live overseas, and approximately 450,000 military personnel and their dependents live overseas.
What does SASHAA offer?
SASHAA specializes in prevention and response to American victim’s of sexual assault overseas. As experts in the field, SASHAA believes that while sexual assault is not a by-product of culture, sexual assault survivors abroad face additional barriers that require culturally sensitive services and intercultural awareness.
SASHAA offers a continuum of culturally sensitive services including long term case management from advocates with intercultural backgrounds and experience working with sexual assault survivors, who have been specifically trained and are knowledgeable on the additional obstacles that American survivors overseas face. Our advocates assist with empowering survivors of sexual assault to make informed decisions by providing them with the knowledge on the country specific laws, services, and cultural norms. SASHAA offers specialized international safety planning, connection to appropriate medical and law enforcement resources, international transition services, counseling, and assistance with housing and other basic needs may it be back in the United States or in another area of the world.