Take Action

#1 Watch the Film

Sex Crimes Unit will premiere June 20th at 9:00 pm EST on HBO and will repeat at least three times over the course of that week.  I realize that HBO is a premium channel and not everyone can afford to subscribe so ORGANIZE WATCH PARTIES!  Many cable TV providers will let you subscribe to a pay service for a week, or even one night.  So find a friend with a big TV (or volunteer your own!) and find 5 others who will split the cost.  After the showing there will be many opportunities to join our community, share your thoughts and hear what others think at www.sexcrimesunit.com, www.hbo.com/#/documentaries, and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SexCrimesUnit

#2 Learn More

Here are a few organizations and websites that offer information and resources:

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

Joyful Heart Foundation (started by Mariska Hargitay for survivors of sexual violence and their care-givers)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Resources for male survivors:

After Silence: an on-line support group and message board:

Safe Horizon

Rape Help

Survivor Manual


And for those who live in or around New York City:

Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)

St. Lukes/Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault


#3 Get Involved!

Many of the organizations listed above have suggestions for getting involved, from taking the training at a local rape crisis center to become an advocate, to finding the right words to reach out to a friend who has been victimized.

You can take inspiration from Natasha Alexenko whose 16-year journey to justice the film chronicles.  Her involvement in this film and revisiting her own rape took Natasha through a sea-change: this year she left her job at the Long Island Maritime Museum and started Natasha’s Justice Project.

The mission of Natasha's Justice Project is to assist victims of sexual assault through improving advocacy, education, resources and funding, empowering victims to become survivors.  One of its most important goals is advocating for the elimination of the statute of limitations for rape and lobbying for funding to clear the enormous back-logs of untested rape kits that are to be found too many police departments. 

What is the law in YOUR state?  Has your local police department allowed rape kits to expire and perpetrators to walk free? Find out how YOU can make a difference:  visit www.natashasjusticeproject.org

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