For the past months, we have referred 27 cases of community members who have been victims of sexual and psychological abuse to mental health specialists.
Unfortunately some community members were sexually harassed, abused and psychologically abused while seeking refuge. Some of them were picked up at the borders by people whom they thought would genuinely help them, while others were "welcomed" into homes across Europe of people who had the sole intention of abusing them.
While some have been able to escape and obtain the support that they need, it is our fear that more people are currently going through this.
Last week, another community members was able to escape a home in which they were forced to perform sexual acts on the person who housed them.
Our team is currently supporting this individual as well as others who were referred to us.
If you know anyone who needs support please refer them to us.
Please find below a list of resources per country as well for victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking:
EUROPE: The Rape Crisis Network Europe Telephone (support):+33 (0)1 45 88 19 00; 0884284637 Website:www.inavem.org
Victims helpline: 116 006
Victims helpline: 089-763737
Information obtained on Munchen.de
Help for women and girls in case of sexual harassment and violence
Whether in cases of violence, sexual assault or just questions about life planning: Munich offers numerous help and counseling services for women. The following links refer mainly to sites in German language, with services in English offered whenever available.
Violence against women: Help and counseling for victims WOMEN'S EMERGENCY CALL: 089-763737 - In cases of sexual harassment, it is often difficult to accept outside help. The shame and fear of intimate questions and asking for details is too great. Even for outsiders it can sometimes be difficult to intervene. Especially when the sexual assault takes place in the home environment. No matter what form the sexual harassment and violence takes, the Women's Emergency Hotline is there to help you, from telephone counseling to legal assistance. More information about the WOMEN'S EMERGENCY CALL
AMYNA: Sexual violence in its various forms is still a major problem and a constant threat in our society. At AMYNA, the institute against sexual abuse, information can be obtained on how girls and boys can be protected from sexual violence. But also, those who want to help victims of violence back to a normal life can contact the institute. More information about AMYNA
IMMA: The most frequent victims of violence and oppression are predominantly young girls and women. The Initiative Münchner Mädchenarbeit eV (Imma) therefore advises young women who have had this experience. In workshops, those affected learn that they are not alone and how they can come to terms with what has happened. There are also workshops and projects to help them come to terms with what they have experienced and to gain new strength and self-confidence. Imma also provides counseling for family members. WOMEN'S HOUSE: Domestic violence is a major problem because those affected are permanently at its mercy. Women in particular therefore need a way to escape the violent domestic environment. In women's shelters, they receive protection from quarrels, violence and abuse. The trustworthy staff offers shelter and free counseling for affected women and children. Contact details of existing women's shelters are listed here: Women's shelters in Bavaria PORTUGAL: