History

Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR), the nation’s first rape crisis center, was formed in 1971 to provide 24-hour comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault and their significant others.

In 2009, responding to an alarming increase of sexual exploitation in Alameda County, BAWAR implemented a new program to address the needs of both commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and adults. Commercial sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to, prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism.

The goal of this program is to support and advocate for all who are at risk or who have been sexually and/or commercially exploited. We offer immediate crisis stabilization and advocacy to help bring a voice to victims who are living in day to day, ever increasing trauma. These children and adults have been forced to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money, food, clothing, or a place to stay.

To learn more about the agency, visit www.bawar.org.