San Francisco Women Against Rape

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)

SFWAR is a women of color led, volunteer-based organization that has provided rape crisis services to survivors of sexual assault for over 30 years. As the primary provider of rape crisis services in San Francisco, we also offer support to friends and families of survivors and provide training, and assistance to healthcare workers, medical professionals, educators, law enforcement officers and other professionals throughout the city. Our prevention programs have reached young people in classrooms in schools serving every area of San Francisco, and provided information and resources to people of all ages through community programs, social services, and numerous community events. All our services are confidential and free of charge.


Hotline: 415-647-RAPE (7273)

Founded: 1973

Location: The Women’s Building (Mission District) in San Francisco, CA

Programs and services:

  • Direct services

    • 1:1 peer counseling
    • support groups
    • 24-hour hotline
    • medical & legal advocacy
    • referrals
  • Community Initiatives

    • prevention education
    • staff training
    • workshops
    • outreach
    • organizing


Get Involved:

If you are looking to give back to the community, there are several ways to get involved by volunteering for SFWAR. Training for peer counselors takes 60 hours and happens 3 times a year. Peer counselors staff the 24-hour hotline, provide advocacy and accompaniment to survivors at SF General Hospital, in person counseling sessions and facilitate support groups However, applications are accepted year round for those looking to serve in a non-direct capacity (special events, fundraising, administrative tasks).


Each April, SFWAR also hosts the San Francisco Walk Against Rape with the goal of raising awareness around sexual assault. Survivor Alliance participated in the walk against rape in 2017, and raised over $1,000 in our fundraising efforts. Below is a picture of some of us at the march.


Have you used any of SFWAR’s services or volunteered with them? We want to hear about it. Share your experiences in the comments section below!

Survivors marching at SF Walk against rape

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  1. Kristen 3 years ago

    SFWAR is a wonderful resource for survivors. I found real understanding, healing, and support there after 12 years of looking in all the wrong places for an answer to the question, “How do I recover from sexual assault?” Counseling is led by peers, and peers get it. I am forever grateful for the recovery and empowerment that I found at SFWAR. Thank you to my counselor and to the amazing volunteers that keep this charity going. My narrative about my experience is now truly my own and truly affirming.


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