You are not alone – at every step our emergency hotline for victims of sexual assault is available to you. Experienced volunteers are available 24 hours a day to listen and give emotional support while protecting your privacy.
If you choose, and it is up to you, you can submit a report to the police. The process of submitting a report is long and complicated, so at any time you can request a volunteer from one of the rape crisis centers to accompany you through the process. You can also receive information regarding the stages of civil legal proceedings (without legal counsel) from the local rape crisis centers' call center.
The rape crisis centers across Israel hold support group meetings for victims in their area which provide a space for processing the assault as well as coping with its aftermath. These group meetings create an environment of cooperation, belonging and empathy between participants which facilitates a safe space to be heard and understood without being judged. These groups build a protective framework which allow victims to make it through difficult times and cope with such heavy trauma.
The rape crisis centers across Israel each have an Education Department which works to lessen the occurrence of sexual abuse and assault among youth in the country, as well as raise awareness on breaking the conspiracy of silence via workshops held in schools and various organizations. There is currently no space that allows youth to raise the issue of sexual abuse in an orderly and guided manner. The rape crisis centers try to respond to this need by providing educational workshops which create a safe space where youth can feel comfortable talking, sharing and expressing their thoughts and feelings on the issue.
The Sexual Harassment Prevention Law was enacted in 1998 with the goal of creating a social change by preventing the infringement of personal freedom and privacy, as well as advancing gender equality. The law places responsibility on the employer to create a safe work environment free of sexual harassment, and recognizes that in order to create such an environment there must be regulations in place to prevent sexual harassment. Each of the rape crisis centers holds workshops and lectures for employers and employees of various workplaces.
The ARCCI and the local rape crisis centers hold training courses for mental health professionals who treat victims of sexual violence. The courses allow for a deeper understanding of the victims' emotional processes and ways of coping, and provide tools for working with them within the treatment room. Additionally, courses include theory about the trauma and treatment of victims of sexual violence using material from the personal experiences of participants.