#HealMeToo Campaign

At a time when so many sexual assault survivors are coming forward to be heard, the National Organization for Women-Hollywood wants to ensure they have the resources to be healed.

The #HealMeToo campaign is intended to raise awareness about the alarming fact that women who are raped or assaulted have a 94% chance of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in the weeks following the assault. Actually, survivors of rape are among those with the highest risk of developing PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event.

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**Please note, the video and website describe violence and sexual violence and may be triggering

Need Help? Los Angeles Area Resources

  • LA County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services – For information about Victim Services, go to www.da.lacounty.gov/victims or call 800-380-3811.
  • RAINN – Call National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 (HOPE) or Live Chat at www.rainn.org for 24/7 support.
    RAINN is the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the largest anti-sexual violence organization.
  • S.A.F.E. LA – Website at www.safela.org provides a list of 24-hour hotline numbers for domestic violence shelters in the LA area and LAPD Domestic Violence Assistance contact information.  Safe LA is the City of Los Angeles’ domestic violence awareness initiative, S.A.F.E. (Stop Abuse From Existing).
  • Peace Over Violence – Website at www.peaceoverviolence.org has Emergency Services hotlines in Central LA, South LA and West San Gabriel Valley.  POV also has a hotline (Off-Limits Sexual Harassment Hotline) to report sexual harrassment incidents taking place on LA Metro buses and trains.  POV also provides counseling services to assist survivors of interpersonal violence and, through its Legal Advocacy Project, free comprehensive legal services for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.
  • NCJW-LA – The National Council of Jewish Women has an Emergency Survival Fund to assist community members struggling as a result of domestic and interpersonal violence.  NCJW’s Council House Talkline provides callers with emotional support, resources and referrals to callers struggling with life’s challenges. For more information, see the NCJW website at www.ncjwla.org.
  • The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center – The RTC provides free, expert, comprehensive and compassionate care for sexual assault survivors — children and adults — 24 hours a day, including emergency medical treatment and forensic services, crisis counseling and longer-term psychotherapy; advocacy; and accopaniment during police reporting, medical care and court proceedings.  For more information, go to www.therapefoundation.org or www.uclahealth.org/santa-monica/rape-treatment.
  • Lauren’s Kids – Website at laurenskids.org provides resources for parents and organizations in the prevention of sexual assault of children.69NIkki!@East LA Women’s Center – Website at www.elawc.org provides information for Sexual Assault Services, including crisis intervention and support via a bilingual, 24/7 hotline; 24-hour accompaniment to local hospitals; individual and group counseling; support services for children, family and friends of survivors; and prevention services.
  • Downtown Women’s Center – DWC’s on-site Trauma Recovery Center provides assistance for women experiencing homelessness with applying for Victim Compensation; referrals for food, shelter and housing services; medication support; mental health counseling; and group therapy.  DWC is located at 442 S. San Pedro Drive in DTLA.  Website is www.downtownwomenscenter.org.
  • Veterans with PTSD – Information to understand servicemen and women and the unique challenges when leaving active duty and readjusting to civilian life with PTSD. Webpage Link.

What is the Purpose of the #HealMeToo Campaign?

PTSD is underreported and more than 13 million people in the United States are suffering at any given time. Most people understand that the trauma of war can cause PTSD, but many may be surprised to learn that sexual assault and rape are one of the leading causes of PTSD.  This includes women, men, and gender nonconforming people who are victims of sexual violence, it includes women in the military, and even children who have been victims of sexual abuse.

Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. The aftermath of what sexual assault survivors experience is not well enough understood by the public. Survivors, women and men, often suffer in silence and shame. The purpose of this campaign is to make the connection that PTSD goes unrecognized and untreated for far too many sexual violence survivors.

How Can I Take Action?

1. Share the #HealMeToo campaign with others.
Repost on Facebook and retweet on Twitter. Help us ensure that survivors of sexual violence connect with the help they need.

2. Protect vital programs that help survivors of rape and sexual assault.
Sign our petition to save the Violence Against Women Act and its critical services.

3. Join Hollywood NOW and Take Rape Seriously
Join today to support our work to help survivors of drug-facilitated sexual assault, to strengthen policy that impacts survivors of sexual violence, to defend the Violence Against Women Act, and to challenge rape culture.

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The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Their mental health services provide confidential counseling and linkage to community resources for men and women around many issues, including sexual harassment. Visit www.actorsfund.org