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Support Survivors in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

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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.

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Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal. We also work with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. We provide training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

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