What Can We Help You With?

Help for me or a loved one
Getting involved or volunteering with RAINN
Partnering with RAINN
Using RAINN as a resource
Events and fundraisers
RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Hotline
Donation FAQs

 

 

Help for me or a loved one

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7:
Telephone: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Online chat: online.rainn.org
Español: rainn.org/es

  • Something happened to me. Where should I go for medical care after sexual assault?

    After a sexual assault, you may wish to seek medical attention to treat any possible injuries and to check for injuries you may not be able see.

    You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673). You'll be connected to a trained staff member from a local sexual assault service prover in your area. They will direct you to the appropriate local health facility that can care for survivors of sexual assault. Some service providers may be able to send a trained advocate to accompany you. Learn more about receiving medical attention and having a sexual assault forensic exam, sometimes called a rape kit.

  • How can I find support in my community after sexual assault?

    It's helpful to have support in your own community after a sexual assault. Local service providers make it easy for you to access care, and they are knowledgeable about the laws in your area and local resources that can assist you.

    Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673). You’ll be connected to a trained staff member from a local sexual assault service provider in your area. You can also search for the nearest provider by state and ZIP code at centers.rainn.org.

  • I am thinking about ending my life. Can someone help me?

    If you are thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255) 24/7, or chat online using the Lifeline Crisis Chat.

  • I am in the military and need to talk to someone about what happened.

    Members of DoD community affected by sexual assault can access DoD Safe Helpline for live, one-on-one support. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7. Call 877-995-5247 or visit safehelpline.org for support and to learn more.

  • How can I help someone I care about?

    If a loved one has survived sexual assault, it can be challenging to know how to help. Learn more about responding to a survivor and taking care of yourself during this time. Consider sharing the National Sexual Assault Hotline so they can talk with someone who is trained to help.

    • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673)
    • Chat online with RAINN support specialist at online.rainn.org.
  • I live outside of the U.S., and I’m looking for help.

    If you are outside of the US, visit the International Resources page. If you are a U.S. citizen and you are in an emergency outside of the U.S., contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate.

  • I am looking for legal support or aid.

    The National Sexual Assault Hotline can help you with a range of issues from finding a local health facility, to referrals for long term support, or simply providing someone to talk you through what happened. While the RAINN cannot provide legal help, the National Sexual Assault Hotline may be able to direct you to resources in your community that can provide support, like a local sexual assault service provider.

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Getting Involved or Volunteering with RAINN

  • How do I get involved or become a volunteer for RAINN?

    Thanks for your interest in supporting survivors. There are many ways you can get involved with RAINN, from fundraising, to working with survivors on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, to sharing your story of survival. Whether you have 5 weeks, 5 days, or 5 minutes, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Check out RAINN’s volunteer opportunities here.

  • How can I volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Hotline or become a rape crisis counselor or advocate?

    Volunteers are essential to operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline, both online and over the phone.

    You can volunteer to help survivors of sexual violence by lending your time and skills to a local sexual assault service provider in your area. Whether you’re answering calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline or providing critical office support, you can make a big difference for survivors in your community.

    You can also join a national team of volunteers who provide immediate support to those in need on the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. To become a support specialist, volunteers go through an extensive training program that is currently offered in Washington, DC or NYC.

    To learn more about becoming a rape crisis counselor, reach out to a local sexual assault provider in your area. You can search by state and ZIP code at centers.rainn.org.

  • How can I raise money to support survivors? How can I raise money for RAINN?

    All across the country, generous individuals raise money for RAINN through creative projects, events, campaigns, and programs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer supporter, the easiest way to get started is by reading through our fundraising page and making a profile on our fundraising platform. RAINN also provides tips and support to all volunteer supporters to make your fundraiser fun and successful. Contact Fundraiser Coach Kay Ericson at Kaye@rainn.org with any questions or to sign up to raise funds for RAINN.

  • How do I make a donation to RAINN?

    You can donate to RAINN to support services that help survivors of sexual assault everyday, like the National Sexual Assault Hotline, using our simple and secure online donation form. Have questions about donating? Interested in other ways to give? Visit RAINN’s Donation FAQs.

    If you’d like to mail a check, please make it out to RAINN, and mail to:
    RAINN
    1220 L Street NW
    Suite 505
    Washington, DC 20005

    If you are a company looking to make a donation to RAINN or have questions about sponsoring RAINN’s programs, contact RAINN’s director of development, Chelsea Bowers, at chelseab@rainn.org.

  • How can I apply to work at RAINN?

    Apply for a position to work at RAINN. Most positions are based in RAINN’s business office in Washington, DC. RAINN also offers a range of internship opportunities.

  • I am a survivor, and I want to share my story to help others.

    Thank you for sharing your story of healing. As a survivor, you may have a lot to share that could help others who might be going through similar circumstances. At RAINN, we know that hearing from someone who has survived and is thriving can make a big difference in people’s lives, especially those who are struggling or are afraid to ask for help. A great way to share your story is by joining the RAINN Speakers Bureau, a volunteer group of survivors of sexual violence who want to share their stories. Speakers Bureau members are matched with volunteer opportunities, such as speaking to local community groups or sharing their story with the media.

    We encourage you to incorporate information about getting help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) into any of your materials or outreach. It's the best way to connect those in need with the help they deserve.

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Partnering with RAINN

  • How can my company partner with RAINN or sponsor RAINN’s programs?

    Join Hogan Lovells, UnCommonGoods, Humble Bundle, and other organizations that support RAINN. If your company is looking to make a donation to RAINN or has questions about sponsoring RAINN’s programs, contact RAINN’s development director, Chelsea Bowers, at chelseab@rainn.org or read more about RAINN’s corporate partnerships.

  • How can my organization be listed on rainn.org?

    We partner with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers to help survivors across the country. Learn more about applying to be an affiliate or referral organization for the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Sexual assault service providers that complete the application and approval process are listed on centers.rainn.org. They can also be listed on volopps.rainn.org to highlight any volunteer opportunities.

    At this time we are not accepting unsolicited requests from organizations to be highlighted on rainn.org unless they meet the criteria for an affiliate or referral organization as outlined above.

  • How can my organization answer calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline?

    We partner with more than 1,000 sexual assault service providers to help survivors across the country. These organizations are listed on rainn.org in a searchable database. In addition, “affiliate” organizations take calls to the 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline. Learn more about about partnering with RAINN to help survivors.

  • Can RAINN promote, review, or endorse my book, film, or project?

    Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we are not able to review, endorse, or promote all creative works, such as books, films, artwork, poetry, and music.

    We are happy to hear that people are sharing their stories of healing. If you are working on a project about sexual violence, we encourage you to incorporate information about getting help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) into any of your materials or outreach. It's the best way to connect those in need with the help they deserve.

    We invite you to post about your book on our Facebook page—it's the best way to connect with others who also feel passionately about ending sexual violence: You can also connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest using our handle @RAINN01.

    If you are a publishing agent or representative from a studio or network, we encourage you to reach out to RAINN. RAINN partners with a wide range of organizations in the entertainment industry to increase visibility for the issue of sexual violence, from major broadcasting networks to social media platforms. If your company is interested in working with RAINN, please contact Sara McGovern, RAINN's Communications Manager,at saram@rainn.org.

  • I am a survivor of sexual violence—can I work with RAINN to share my story?

    Thank you for sharing your story of healing. As a survivor, you have a lot to share that could help others who might be going through similar circumstances. At RAINN, we know that hearing from someone who has survived and is thriving can make a big difference in people’s lives, especially those who are struggling or are afraid to ask for help. A great way to share your story is by joining the RAINN Speakers Bureau, a volunteer group of survivors of sexual violence who want to share their stories. Speakers Bureau members are matched with volunteer opportunities, such as speaking to local community groups or sharing their story with the media.

    We encourage you to incorporate information about getting help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) into any of your materials or outreach. It's the best way to connect those in need with the help they deserve.

  • I am a publishing agent or representative from a studio or network—can my organization partner with RAINN?

    RAINN partners with a wide range of organizations and companies to increase visibility for the issue of sexual violence, including major broadcasting networks, television studios, publishing companies, and social media platforms. If your company is interested in working with RAINN, please contact Chelsea Bowers, Development Director, at chelseab@rainn.org.

  • Can I partner with RAINN to raise money?

    All across the country, generous individuals raise money for RAINN through creative projects, events, campaigns, and programs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer supporter, the easiest way to get started is by reading through our fundraising page and making a profile on our fundraising platform. RAINN also provides tips and support to all volunteer supporters to make your fundraiser fun and successful. Contact Fundraiser Coach Kay Ericson at Kaye@rainn.org with any questions or to sign up to raise funds for RAINN.

    If you are a corporate representative and are interested in partnering with RAINN, please contact Chelsea Bowers, development director, at chelseab@rainn.org.

  • I am a technology vendor and think that RAINN could benefit from my company's services—who should I speak to?

    We receive many requests from vendors in the technology and mobile application space looking to work with RAINN. If you believe your offering would be a good fit, you can email tech.info@rainn.org. Please be advised that due to the large volume of requests, we are not able to reply to all inquiries.

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Using RAINN as a resource

  • How do I cite RAINN in my article, paper, essay, website, or project?

    RAINN encourages students, journalists, and community organizers to share the National Sexual Assault Hotline to connect audiences with the help they need. We also encourage sharing educational information from rainn.org that can help change the way people think about and respond to sexual violence. If you include content from rainn.org in your article, paper, essay, website, or project, we ask just ask that you properly cite RAINN as the source. For web-based writing, please include a link back to the original content from rainn.org.

  • How do I cite statistics found on rainn.org?

    Statistics on rainn.org have been collected from a number of different research studies—the citations for these can be found in the footnotes at the bottom of the page. When citing statistics from rainn.org, be sure to include the citation from the corresponding study.

  • I am a journalist reporting on sexual violence, can I interview someone from RAINN?

    Members of the media can send direct inquiries to saram@rainn.org.

  • Can I use RAINN’s graphics, or banners?

    RAINN’s pre-approved graphics and web banners featuring the National Sexual Assault Hotline are available for use and can be found on RAINN’s multimedia page. If you are a volunteer supporer and are looking for materials to use in your fundraising project, please reach out to fundraising coach Kay Ericson at kaye@rainn.org.

    Please note that we prohibit the use of RAINN’s logo in conjunction with any outside products, promotional materials or commercial websites. Use of RAINN’s graphics does not constitute an endorsement, express or implied, of your product, service, company, opinion and/or political position.

  • How can I receive RAINN materials or handouts? Can RAINN send them to me?

    RAINN has a variety of resources available to help you share the National Sexual Assault Hotline and educational information about sexual violence. Check out RAINN’s print materials that you can download, print, and distribute for free. You can also incorporate RAINN’s pre-approved graphics, web banners, social media graphics, and other shareable images into your outreach material—found on RAINN’s multimedia page. These resources contain information for the National Sexual Assault Hotline and can connect your audience with the help they need.

  • How can I include the National Sexual Assault Hotline in my article or project?

    Thank you for adding contact information for the National Sexual Assault Hotline in your article or project. You can include the following information for the National Sexual Assault Hotline in your publication or project to help connect audiences with support.

    National Sexual Assault Hotline:
    800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org
    En Español: rainn.org/es

  • Can RAINN help me with my research or school project?

    Due to the high volume of requests to help with research and school projects, we are unable to respond to every student request. You are welcome to make use of the content on rainn.org that has been developed with the help of experts in the field. For instance, Types of Sexual Violence, Statistics, and Effects of Sexual Violence contain a wealth of information on topics that may help you with your project.

    You can also find contact info for more than 1,000 local RAINN-affiliated sexual assault service providers at centers.rainn.org. You can search by state or ZIP code, and someone at one of those local centers may be able to help you with your research project or school assignment.

    If you are writing for your college newspaper and are looking for expert commentary, contact saram@rainn.org.

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Events and fundraisers

  • I want to host an event to raise money for RAINN. Can RAINN help?

    All across the country, generous individuals raise money for RAINN through creative projects, events, campaigns, and programs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer supporter, the easiest way to get started is by reading through our fundraising page and making a profile on our fundraising platform. RAINN also provides tips and support to all volunteer supporters to make your fundraiser fun and successful. Contact Fundraiser Coach Kay Ericson at Kaye@rainn.org with any questions or to sign up to raise funds for RAINN.

  • Can someone from RAINN attend my event or fundraiser?

    We are grateful that you have decided to raise money for RAINN to support survivors of sexual violence. Due to the large volume of requests and our location in Washington, DC, we are not able to attend all events.

    If you would like a survivor of sexual violence to speak at your event, you can submit a request to host someone from the Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau is made up of more than 1,500 survivors from all over the country who have volunteered to share their stories.

    If you are a volunteer supporter planing a fundraising event, you can reach out to fundraising coach Kay Ericson with your questions at kaye@rainn.org.

  • Can RAINN promote, review, or endorse my book, film, or project?

    Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we are not able to review, endorse, or promote all creative works, such as books, films, artwork, poetry, and music.

    We are happy to hear that people are sharing their stories of healing. If you are working on a project about sexual violence, we encourage you to incorporate information about getting help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) into any of your materials or outreach. It's the best way to connect those in need with the help they deserve.

    We invite you to post about your book on our Facebook page—it's the best way to connect with others who also feel passionately about ending sexual violence: You can also connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest using our handle @RAINN01.

    If you are a publishing agent or representative from a studio or network, we encourage you to reach out to RAINN. RAINN partners with a wide range of organizations in the entertainment industry to increase visibility for the issue of sexual violence, from major broadcasting networks to social media platforms. If your company is interested in working with RAINN, please contact Sara McGovern, Communications Manager at saram@rainn.org.

  • I am working on a project about my experience as a survivor. Can RAINN help me get the word out?

    Thank you for sharing your story of healing. As a survivor, you may have a lot to share that could help others who might be going through similar circumstances. At RAINN, we know that hearing from someone who has survived and is thriving can make a big difference in people’s lives, especially those who are struggling or are afraid to ask for help. A great way to share your story is by joining the RAINN Speakers Bureau, a volunteer group of survivors of sexual violence who want to share their stories.

    We encourage you to incorporate information about getting help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) into any of your materials or outreach. It's the best way to connect those in need with the help they deserve.

  • Can I donate the proceeds from my event or product to RAINN?

    Thank you for considering donating proceeds to RAINN. Your donation will go a long way toward helping survivors of sexual violence, and we appreciate your generosity. The following phrases can be useful for promotional material:

    • "For every X ticket sold, we will donate $X to RAINN"
    • "We pledge to donate X% of sales revenue from X event to RAINN"

    Please contact RAINN’s development manager, Kay Ericson, at kaye@rainn.org for our full policy on donating proceeds from products to RAINN.

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RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • What is RAINN’s tax ID number?

    Donations to RAINN is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. RAINN’s number is 52-1886511. For more questions about donating to RAINN read through the Donation FAQs.

  • Who can I talk to about my experience with the National Sexual Assault Hotline?

    Do you have a comment, suggestion, or feedback about your experience with the National Sexual Assault Hotline? Your comments will be taken seriously to help us improve the way we do things and ensure a high level of service.

    • Online Chat: If your comment or complaint refers to a specific incident on online.rainn.org, you can email Candice Lopez, director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, at candicel@rainn.org with your feedback. If you are comfortable sharing, please include any details about the chat, such as the date and time, that might help us follow up.

    • Phone: If you have a comment or complaint about your experiencing calling 800.656.HOPE (4673), RAINN would like to follow-up with the local sexual assault service provider you spoke with. If you are comfortable sharing, please include any details about that may help us follow up with the organization, such as the date and time you called, or the ZIP code of area you called from. You can email Candice Lopez, director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline at candicel@rainn.org to provide this information.

  • How can I stay updated on news from RAINN?

    Sign up for RAINN’s monthly newsletter to stay informed about what RAINN is doing to change the way people think about and respond to sexual violence.

  • How can I stop receiving emails from RAINN?

    You can update your email preferences to change how often you hear from us at any time. All emails from RAINN include links to update your preferences and unsubscribe from our content.

  • How can I report an interaction or abuse on one of RAINN’s social media networks?

    If you experienced an abusive interaction RAINN’s social media networks—or any social media network—you can report it to the host site. Most social media sites have a “report” or “flag” button that alerts the host of the website that something is not right. You can read more about safe browsing by checking out RAINN’s related content: Using Technology to Hurt Others, Tips for Survivors on Consuming Media, and Social Media Safety. For specific issues pertaining to RAINN’s social media platforms, you can contact talk@rainn.org.

  • How can I apply to work at RAINN?

    Apply for a position to work at RAINN. Most careers are based in RAINN’s business office in Washington, DC. RAINN also offers a range of internship opportunities.

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Media requests

Members of the media can send direct inquiries to saram@rainn.org. For more information about RAINN’s programs and resources for journalists, check out RAINN’s news and press page.

 

Sponsorship and major gift inquiries

Interested in joining RAINN’s Corporate Sponsors Program? Have questions about a major or planned gift to RAINN? Contact Chelsea Bowers, Development Director, at chelseab@rainn.org.

 

Partnership inquiries

RAINN partners with a wide range of organizations and companies to increase visibility for the issue of sexual violence, from major broadcasting networks to social media platforms. If your company is interested in working with RAINN, please contact Chelsea Bowers, Development Director, at chelseab@rainn.org.

 

Still have questions?

You can submit a request to RAINN. Please note that we receive a large volume of requests each day. While we will do our best to answer your question, we are not able to respond to every inquiry. You can reach RAINN's business at 202.544.1034. 

 

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