If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) or go online - a free service offered by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). If you live in New York County area, you can call the Sex Crimes Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for guidance at 212.335.9373. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation and operator of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, RAINN educates the public about sexual assault and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. RAINN also offers a list of resources by State.

The Joyful Heart Foundation

The Joyful Heart Foundation is committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse through innovative programs and has reached millions more through public awareness campaigns like End the Backlog.

Safe Horizon

Whether responding to child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault or other violent crimes, Safe Horizon provides the practical tools, emotional support, education and advocacy to help victims and their families heal and rebuild their lives.

Natasha's Justice Project

Featured in SEX CRIMES UNIT, Natasha Alexenko founded this not-for-profit group to empower survivors of sexual assault.� The group provides advocacy, education and outreach to raise awareness about issues concerning sexual assault, including the National Rape Kit Backlog crisis.

Jury Service

Trial by jury is one of the most important rights that Americans enjoy and is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The protection of rights and liberties during a trial is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury. To learn more about Jury Service and the process of selection, go to For resources specific for New York State, go to


Listen to Linda Fairstein describe the history of sex crimes prosecution and her experience leading the Sex Crimes Unit (Source: ?Fairstein Describes Life as Top Sex Crimes Prosecutor' University of Virginia School of Law, March 18, 2005.)

US-Sexual Assault Forsensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act - H.R. 1523

This bill seeks to ?establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry' that will track the status of DNA evidence collected in rape kits and can be used by law enforcement officials to audit their own backlogs. According to the group RAINN, the ?registry will not contain any personally identifying information about victims, but victims will be able to track the status of their own case through a unique ID number.'