Rape & Incest Prevention

clid scaredForced sex can directly lead to unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Also, for some people an aftereffect of sexual trauma, especially when it goes unhealed, is engaging in risky, unprotected sexual behavior, perhaps with abusive or neglectful partners. And when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, whether or not from voluntary sex with a loved partner, survivors sometimes do not feel they are “good enough” or capable enough to make parenting or adoption choices. For example, they may believe the unfortunate and crippling stereotype that “abused children automatically, inevitably grow up to be child abusers.” And so they go through the further trauma of abortion. These are among the many, many reasons why treatment and prevention of rape and incest are so crucial to human life and wellbeing.

Abuse & Disability Resources. Disabled children, youth, and adults are all at heightened risk of abuse, including sexual abuse.

Adoption.com: Adopted Child Conceived by Rape/Incest Series.

Emergency Contraception Website. (English, Arabic, French, Spanish.) Global in scope. Where to get emergency contraception, and scientifically accurate information about it, including the evidence that it prevents conception rather than causing early abortion.

Family Violence Prevention Fund’s kNOw MORE Campaign. ”This project, this website, is about telling our stories, finding a common language, sharing the truth. Read about women with stories to tell, and tell yours. Learn about the reproductive health consequences of violence and sexual coercion. Say ‘no more’ to reproductive coercion. Know more about how to stop it. Say more to anyone and everyone who will listen.” Reproductive coercion includes forced sex, sabotage of a women’s wish to use contraception, battery before, during, and after pregnancy, and forced abortion.

Healing From Abuse. From Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). SNAP’s wisdom on life after abuse is directed to those whose abusers were Roman Catholic religious authorities. However, some of this information, such as the advice on choosing a psychotherapist, may benefit anyone who is trying to live and thrive after sexual abuse.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. US-based “movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.”

International Rape Crisis Resources. Hotlines, crisis centers, legal and mental health help.

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. (Mostly English; some French, Russian, & Spanish publications.) Mission: “To prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse and child labor. ISPCAN is committed to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. ISPCAN invites you to join forces with its members around the world to protect children in need: their bodies, minds, hearts and rights.” Click here for links to national member societies in Australia, Belarus, Benin, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nordic Region, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, UK, and the US.

Male Survivor. Men’s and boys’ lives are hurt by sexual abuse, too. Here is information and support.

Men Can Stop Rape. (English; some Spanish resources.) US-based, but works and networks internationally.

NO! The Rape Documentary. Film by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, a rape and incest survivor, on sexual assault of African American women. Has study guide. (Available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.)

Prevention Tips for All of Us. Prevent Child Abuse America can help everyone be alert to the neglect and mistreatment of children, including sexual abuse.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (US). Runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline (phone, 1.800.656.HOPE) and the Online Hotline. Can help you find a Local Rape Crisis Center (US).

Report Child AbuseAustralian Childhood FoundationChildline South Africa, national hotline on 0800 055 555; Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (24 hours a day, 7 days a week; covers the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands); Find Help With a Personal Situation, from Child Welfare Information Gateway (US).

Stigma, Inc.. “OUR MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a network among the global community of individuals conceived by rape and incest; to provide support for women who have ever been pregnant by the heinous act of rape, and for mothers, adoptive families, and others who are raising a child conceived in this fashion; and to increase the general awareness of the issues of rape and incest conception to the general public, encouraging information and exchange to defeat stereotypes and increase knowledge about such issues.”

Violence and Harassment. From Advocates for Youth.

What to Do if You’re Raped. (English, Spanish.) From the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Women for Women International: Crisis in the Congo: War Against Women.. Millions of people have been killed and displaced because of the longtime civil war raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Untold numbers of Congolese women have suffered rape, which as in so many other conflicts worlwide has been deployed as a systematic weapon of war. In Congo and other war-ravaged countries such as Iraq and Bosnia, Women for Women International helps survivors of rape and other victims of war rebuild their lives. Please visit to see how you can, for less than a dollar a day, help a survivor heal. And if you are in the US, please write your Congresspeople to call for greater rape prevention and treatment for women in Congo, and for assistance of women who now face the prospect of raising children conceived though rape.

Worldwide Ages of Consent. Are you and/or your partner old enough to legally consent to sex? Find out what the law says in your country. From the sex education pages at AVERT.