Get engaged.

There are hundreds of inspiring organizations working to end sexual violence and trafficking.  Consider this list merely a starting point.

1in6 seeks to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live happier, healthier lives through a series of outreach and healing programs. 

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers female and male Deaf and Deaf Blind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence.

A Call to Men works to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are safe from sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking.  

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights, including the right to live free of sexual violence.  Their work on behalf of Native American rape victims and the Women of Atenco, Mexico has been groundbreaking. 

Break the Cycle provides comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to young people, making safe and healthy relationship a right and a reality. 

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a United Nations NGO that engages in advocacy, education and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in the Untied States, and across the globe.  

End Violence Against Women International envisions a world where gender-based violence is unacceptable; where perpetrators are held accountable, and where victims receive the compassion, support, and justice they deserve. 

Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls worldwide, documenting violence and discrimination and mobilizing international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. 

Faith Trust Institute is a national, multi-faith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence by engaging communities of faith in the fight. 

Futures Without Violence creates groundbreaking education programs, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world. 

Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of and violence against women and girls worldwide. 

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network activists from across the globe.  Its members ignite public conversations and develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.  Their advocacy effort raising awareness of the rape kit backlog in the United States is especially of note. 

Joyful Heart Foundation seeks to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. 

Know Your IX is a survivor-driven campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights, under Title IX, to have campus rape or sexual assault charges investigated and resolved.

Legal Momentum advances and protects the rights of women and girls though education, litigation, and public policy. Started in 1970, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. 

Man Up Campaign seeks to engage youth in a global movement  to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality, transforming communities, nations and the world. 

Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women and girls.  

Move to End Violence seeks to improve the status and well being of girls and women worldwide, who too often experience violence, poverty, and discrimination simply because they are born female. 

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence is the voice in Washington for state coalitions and local programs working to end sexual violence and support survivors.  

National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault is developing action strategies that incorporate and address the multiple layers of discrimination that are faced by Women of Color and Communities of Color.

Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of gender-based violence. 

Polaris Project is committed to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and to strengthening the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach. 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, with programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are  brought to justice. 

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is transforming United States military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or sexual assault. 

The Voices and Faces Project brings the names, faces and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public through a series of creative, documentary and public outreach initiatives. 

Resource list excerpted from "Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors" by CounterQuo co-founder Anne K. Ream, Beacon Press, April, 2014.