The mission of It Happened to Alexa is to empower survivors of rape and sexual assault and to facilitate the prosecution of their offenders by providing financial, emotional, and advocacy assistance to the survivors and their supporters at the time of trial.


The vision of the It Happened to Alexa is that no rape or sexual assault survivor, domestically or internationally, is prevented from seeking justice due to financial or emotional barriers. By reducing, the costs associated for the survivor and/or a family member or trusted friend to testify at out of town trials, we will help to empower survivors to speak out against their assailants. By encouraging more survivors to testify at trials, It Happened to Alexa's ultimate goal is to reduce the barriers survivors often face and increase conviction rates for their assailants. 

Importance of Survivor Testimony

I don't deserve to be abused.

  • Increases conviction rate
  • Increases sentence length
  • Increases odds of incarceration
  • Closure for survivor


  • IHTA believes having a trusted friend or family member attend the criminal trial to support their loved one emotionally is important during the trial.
  • Victim testimony during the trial process has shown a dramatic increase in conviction rates. But more importantly, it means no victim is ever alone. 
  • Through targeted programs, we seek to eliminate the stigma surrounding rape and sexual assault and expand the resources available to victims.

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