Wilderness therapy programs for victims of sexual assault:

Ending Violence Effectively (EVE) -- about $300 for weekend; includes food, lodging and initial interview. P.O. Box 18212, Denver, Colo. 80218. (303) 322-7010.

Santa Fe Mountain Center -- programs and prices vary according to needs. Rte. 4, Box 34C, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501. (505) 983-6158.

Both programs are endorsed by the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a 500-member organization of therapists and rape crisis center directors.

The Washington-based National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) also endorses the programs.

Says John Stein, NOVA deputy director: "We've talked about a summer camp for kids with the same idea in mind . . . for kids who've witnessed a parent get murdered or who were violated by a trusted adult."

Although Washington does not have a comparable program, various area organizations sponsor mental health programs with an outdoor emphasis:

Washington Women Outdoors -- promotes women's physical strength, teamwork and confidence through hiking, rope courses and water sports. Afternoon trips, some overnights. For groups and individuals. Fees vary. (202) 797-8222.

Inner Quest, Leesburg, Va. -- clients have included handicapped, learning disabled and emotionally troubled youths. Fees vary. (703) 478-1078.

North Carolina Outward Bound School -- runs wilderness programs for alcohol and drug dependents, and for mental health professionals. Fees vary. Plans to offer a program for rape and incest victims, according to Lois A. Snow, health services program director. (704) 437-6112.