The world has watched in alarm as Hurricane Harvey devastates southeastern Texas and the people who call it home. People across the nation have donated what they can to the region in the forms of funds and basic supplies. The City of Boston sent seven truckloads of diapers, clothing, toiletries, and more to Texas on Friday. With the death toll at 39, and with tens of thousands of people in shelters, more still needs to be done for the hurricane survivors who are most vulnerable. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected by the storm, especially our fellow crisis centers and survivors of sexual violence throughout the storm’s path.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center explains that acts of sexual violence increase after a disaster, and the trauma of a disaster can open old wounds for survivors of sexual violence. The resources that people rely on are affected: crisis centers are physically damaged and their staffs displaced, police and fire departments are overwhelmed with crisis calls and less able to respond to sexual violence, and evacuees who have to live with strangers may be assaulted or assault their host.
If you are looking for a way to support survivors in Texas, we encourage you to donate to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Relief Fund For Sexual Assault Victims. Support survivors in Texas today by donating, and share with your friends.