We train medical professionals on how to provide adequate medical care and counseling to sexual assault survivors in India.
UMA for Survivors is a Chicago-based non-profit aimed at fighting sexual assault stigma in India. Our specific area of focus is post-trauma care and counseling. Due to the stigma that surrounds sexual assault and the lack of standard protocol in India, medical professionals often provide erroneous care or doubly traumatize survivors who come to them for treatment. UMA plans to address this by training medical professionals on internationally created best practices and counseling methods. We also plan to hire advocates to be stationed in hospitals to provide cost-free, ongoing counseling to sexual assault survivors, particularly in vulnerable, marginalized, rural, and low-income areas where access to counseling is limited or non-existent.