Authorities and the general public in other cultures may respond to reported cases of crimes and incidents (including sexual assault and harassment) differently than might be expected in the U.S.A. If you are the victim of a crime, seek assistance from your study abroad program staff. They may be in a much better position to deal with local authorities and cultural differences.
Note: Some countries have laws regarding sexual assault between members of the opposite sex but do not have laws regarding sexual assault between members of the same sex. Some cultures are highly reticent to discuss the issue of sexual assault, especially between members of the same sex.
U.S. Department of State – Travel Information by Regions
The State Department’s Office of American Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program. To learn more, visit the Learn About Your Destination Web Page by the U.S. State Department.
9-1-1 Emergency Contact Numbers Abroad
U.S. consular officers are located at over 260 Foreign Service posts abroad. There are also consular officers in 46 foreign cities without U.S. embassies or consulates. They’re ready to provide assistance if you need it. From the U.S. or Canada, call 1-888-407-4747, or from overseas call 202-501-4444. To learn more, visit the Emergencies Abroad Web Page by the U.S. State Department.
U.S. Department of State – Help for U.S. Citizens of Crime Overseas
Consular officers, agents, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems. Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible. From the U.S. or Canada, call 1-888-407-4747, or from overseas call 202-501-4444. To learn more, visit the Help for U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime Overseas Web Page.
WSU International Programs
Links to information on health and safety concerns for students studying abroad including Medical Insurance, Birth Control, Sex, AIDS, Emergency Medical, and Emergency Contacts for students studying abroad. 509-335-2541. To learn more, visit the WSU International Programs Website.
WSU – International Travel Registry
Information on international travel, including registration, travel, and health insurance. To learn more, visit the WSU International Travel Registry Web Page.
WSU Health Resources for Global Learning
Links to WSU, National, and Country Specific Services for students studying abroad. To learn more, visit the WSU Health Resources for Study Abroad Web Page.
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC)
International domestic violence response, available 24/7, providing holistic services to the growing American overseas community of 80 million Americans traveling abroad annually and the 9 million that live overseas. To learn more, visit the AODVC Home Page.
Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA)
Provides sexual assault prevention and response regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or location worldwide. To learn more, visit the SASHAA Home Page.