For Survivors & Families

Apply for Assistance

It Happened to Alexa provides travel assistance for up to two family members or close friends to be able to attend a court trial with their loved one who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault.

We recognize the undue financial burden imposed on the victim and family. IHTA offers assistance to defray costs of transportation and housing, so that the victim’s support person can attend and take part in the criminal justice proceedings and be with them at this most difficult time. Our mission is to encourage sexual assault victims to report any sexual assault to law enforcement and promote effective prosecution of sex crimes.

Rape victims who reside in the U.S., and who are about to testify in the criminal trial are eligible to apply for financial assistance to cover the expenses of a support person or persons who will accompany the rape/sexual assault victim to court. (The district attorney’s office typically covers the cost for a rape survivor to return to the jurisdiction for a criminal trial).

Qualified support persons are parents, guardians, other family members or close friends of the survivor. The trial venue must be over 60 miles from the residence of the support persons in order to qualify.

We understand that disclosing about this event on the application can be a very difficult process as well as a traumatic one. We do not want any applicant to be discouraged from applying because of that. If you have any questions or concerns about the application questions or process, please call It Happened to Alexa at 716-754-9105. Remember, you are not alone.



What is covered?

Transportation - air, car, train (survivor's preference)
Other misc (expenses must be approved and is dependent on available funding)

Please Note:

Applicant must be a U.S. Resident
Distance to trial must be greater than 60 miles
There must be at least one sexual assault charge included in the listed charges
Assistance is for criminal trial proceedings only

Application processing:

Application processing can take up to 3 business days
Applications received less than 2 weeks before departure date may not be fulfilled
Travel support is not guaranteed, it is dependent on available funding 
For most cases we reimburse after the trial with receipts of all the expenses, reimbursement checks are typically mailed within 3 business days after receiving all receipts