Pittsburgh Action Against Rape has been serving the Pittsburgh community for 50 years through advocacy, counseling, prevention and education.
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) was the first victim service agency in Allegheny County, and one of the first rape crisis centers in the nation. The agency was incorporated as a non-profit entity in 1972 and has been providing essential no-cost services to victims of sexual violence in Allegheny County for 50 years. As of today, PAAR is the only agency in Allegheny County solely devoted to the issue of sexual violence. PAAR provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual violence and to their families, serving children and adults of all gender identities, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
History and Accomplishments
Since its inception in 1972, PAAR has a rich history of providing knowledge, skill-building and support for every member of our community.
PAAR was founded by a group of lawyers, health professionals, and activists who believed victims of sexual assault should have expert assistance directly following the commission of the crime. Since its foundation, PAAR has created the legacy of being the only organization in Allegheny County solely devoted to the issue of sexual violence.