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RAINN Releases New PSA in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

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April 1, 2009 – (Washington, DC) – Today, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, released a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled “Speak-Out.” The PSA aims to encourage those affected by sexual violence to “speak-out” and get help through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines, available 24/7 over the phone (800.656.HOPE) and online at rainn.org.

“Speak Out” features the vocals of model and singer Krishnar Lewis and his new song, “Sad Girl.” According to Krishnar, "It's an honor to be included in this new campaign, raising awareness for sexual violence. I’ve recently had to deal with sexual violence because of a family member who was raped, and turned to me for help. The value of RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Hotlines is immeasurable in that it allows those affected by sexual violence to get help in a safe and confidential manner, 24/7.”

The RAINN “Speak-Out” PSA is available for public use across broadcast and digital platforms. To obtain a broadcast quality version of the PSA, email:
katherineh@rainn.org
. To incorporate RAINN’s PSA digitally, use the “embed” code from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39yi_TBtkKg&feature=channel_page

Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted; 80% of victims are under the age of 30. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please know that the assault is not your fault and that you are not alone. In the event that you are sexually assaulted, find a safe place, and contact the police immediately. To speak with someone who can help you through the aftermath, and accompany you to the hospital, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org.

To find an event celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month in your community, visit: http://www.rainn.org/about-rainn/events

To learn more about Krishnar, and his new song “Sad Girl” visit: http://krishnarlewis.com

RAINN would like to thank each and every person who was involved with the production of “Speak-Out” who donated his or her time, creativity, and talent. It’s only because of your support that this public service announcement was made possible:

  • Veracity Entertainment
  • Hardwork Productions
  • Krishnar Lewis, and the Lewis Agency
  • Jeremy Edwards
  • Ryan Kalivretenos
  • Lindsay Frumer
  • Bernice Sanchez
  • Shaun Harrison


About RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.2 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.


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