External Resources

Verity strives to provide as many services and support as possible to sexual assault and trauma victims in Sonoma County. In addition, victims may find the following organizations helpful.

Local Resources

About-Face: A San Francisco based non-profit that promotes self-esteem in girls and women of all ages, sizes, races, and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach, and activism.

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: CALCASA is a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers committed to ending sexual violence and has a California Rape Crisis Center Directory.

Domestic Violence Resources: For over 30 years, the YWCA Sonoma County has offered an array of programs and services designed to support those who have been impacted by domestic violence.

San Francisco Women Against Rape: Supports survivors of rape and sexual assault, their friends, and family members.

Side by Side: Counseling services and more for young people.

Sonoma County Men Evolving Non-violently: Call if you realize your behavior is harmful to you and your family. Call anytime you feel really angry, out of control or helpless.

State Rape Crisis Center Directory: In the “Get Help” section, enter your zip code to find the nearest center.

Sonoma County 2-1-1: Sonoma County Community Resource Directory

Victim and Witness Assistance: Victim Witness Assistance program provides advocacy and direct services to all victims of crime.

For Men

1 in 6: A national resource for male survivors.

Gender violence prevention – men and boys: Jackson Katz, Ed.M. is one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys.

Male Survivors: Resources specifically for male survivors of sexual assault.

Men Can Stop Rape: Mobilizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women.

LGBTQ Resources

Positive Images: Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and intersex youth and young adults, ages 12-24, and educates the greater community.

TNLR: A survivor-led social justice organization working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, trans, and polyamorous communities!

Sexual Health

Making the Connection (Audio/Podcast): Explores the link between sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention, providing examples and key points for practice.

National Sexuality Education Standards: These standards have been widely accepted in the field as best practice and include sexual and relationship violence prevention.

Government Resources: WHO and CDC sites serve as national “go to” sites for basic information and research related to sexual health. The Office of Adolescent Health is also a newer resource and funder.

SEICUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

It’s All One: Designed primarily for educators across the globe, this curriculum integrates gender and power with all things sexual health, including violence and abuse.

National Resources

Art Heals: Arte Sana (art heals) is a nonprofit agency for underserved survivors of gender and racial violence that promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Arte Sana es una agencia que existe para ayudar a nuestras comunidades a sobrevivir y prevenir la violencia a través de la educación comunitaria y el empoderamiento artístico/cultural.

Centro Nacional de Información de la Salud de la Mujer: A general womne’s health information page in Spanish. Una página sobre salud de la mujer en general, únicamente en español.

Child Abuse: The Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Don’t be afraid to call. No one is silly or unimportant to us. If something is bothering you or you want information, CALL! The National Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4ACHILD)

Domestic Abuse Guide: Statistics, myths, resources, and treatment options for those suffering from domestic abuse. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence Resource Library: A very useful guide of domestic violence resources that is searchable by location, audience, and type of services offered. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence Financial Help & Planning: The goal of this resource is to enable women in domestic violence relationships to utilize this financial guide to provide options when stuck in a challenging situation. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Incest: Support for adult survivors of childhood incest.

Legal and Institutional Resources: Find US courts, jails, prisons, police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys, including addresses, hours, phone numbers, and services.

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

Recovered Memories: This is a good compendium of research on recovered and repressed memory. This links to information on sexual assault and boys.

Scarleteen: The most popular sexual health resource for young people.

Sexual Violence: NSVRC – National Sexual Violence Resource Center – is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence.

Sexual & Domestic Violence in Later Life: Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

Silence Speaks: A website where survivors, witnesses, and prevention advocates diverse in age, race/ethnicity, religion, class, ability, gender, and sexual orientation can find the support, skills, and equipment they need to create original multimedia pieces about the impact that violence has had on their lives.

Teen Dating Violence: A simple guide on recognizing signs of teen dating violence.

Hope For Healing: A source of information and support to survivors, serving nearly 1 million hits yearly through its page and message views in the chat rooms and forums. It is created by and is for survivors.

Women’s Health: The Federal Government source for women’s health information.

Trauma

Sleep & Trauma: This resource explains how trauma affects sleep patterns and your body.

Contact Verity

If you need immediate help with a crisis, call our 24 hour crisis support line at (707) 545-7273. To send us an email, please fill out the adjacent form and we’ll respond to you as quickly as we are able. Our typical response time is within two business days.

We welcome questions and feedback from our community, and look forward to speaking with you.