Faith communities have an important opportunity to provide support to sexual violence survivors. Many survivors have spiritual concerns related to the rape, and are often members of a local congregation. They will thus often look to their faith communities for guidance in understanding the meaning and impact of the rape in their lives, as well as support. In addition, faith communities have resources and status in the local community that allows the congregation to lead the community's response to sexual violence and its prevention.
GNESA has developed materials and resources to help faith communities address the issue of sexual violence in their congregations and communities, and to facilitate a relationship between local congregations and sexual assault centers.