December 2010
Michael Moore Calls Rape Case "Hooey"

Filmmaker Posts $20,000 Bail for Alleged Rapist

On national television, filmmaker Michael Moore referred to serious allegations of rape as "hooey" — and then donated $20,000 to bail out the alleged rapist.

Now RAINN supporters are fighting back with a campaign to raise that amount — or more — to help survivors of sexual violence.

In his MSNBC appearance, Moore mischaracterized and dismissed the rape allegations against Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange, which led prominent bloggers to urge their readers to donate to RAINN, noting that donations made by December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another supporter.

Send a message to Michael Moore: Rape isn't "hooey." read more

KaDee Strickland: RAINN Needs Your Help

This year’s Hope Award recipient, actress KaDee Strickland, filmed a video for RAINN this month, explaining her support for the organization and encouraging other supporters to do even more to help.

Through her portrayal of a sexual assault survivor on ABC’s hit show Private Practice, Strickland has directed many survivors to the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE or As 2010 comes to an end, she asks supporters to "give what they can — a little goes a long way."

Watch Strickland's video on RAINN's YouTube Channel read more

State Legislators Focus on Rape Kit Backlog

AlecRAINN president and founder Scott Berkowitz moderated a panel at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) States & Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC this month. Illinois Rep. Renee Kosel talked about her groundbreaking bill, signed into law this year, which makes Illinois the first state to mandate prompt testing of all DNA evidence from rape cases. Berkowitz also discussed the importance of the SAFER Act, which Congress is expected to consider next year.

Find out more about RAINN's efforts to eliminate the rape kit backlog read more

 RAINN in the News

Jennifer Marsh, the director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, spoke to Newsweek about the new TSA airport screening guidelines and their potential effects on sexual assault survivors.
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Carson DalyLast Call with Carson Daly
“Maybe I’m a father and a husband first, but I feel like I’m a RAINN volunteer before I’m a wrestler and before I’m a writer, like it’s become that important to me,” said Mick Foley on the Carson Daly Show, which profiled Foley’s work on the Online Hotline.
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The Good Men ProjectThe Good Men Project
Mick Foley received more accolades for his RAINN volunteer work this month, when the Good Men Project magazine named him one of its Top Ten Good Men of 2010 “There were not enough males out there talking about a problem that really does affect everybody,” Foley told the magazine.
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Lawmakers Making a Difference

Diaz-Balart"I commend RAINN for being a national leader in the prevention of sexual abuse and for the extraordinary support and services they provide victims of sexual abuse. The services RAINN provides victims helps them overcome the trauma of this heinous crime. I look forward to working with RAINN to do all we can to educate the public about sexual abuse and help sexual abuse victims."

~ Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Co-Sponsor of the SAFER Act

Chu"I am proud to work with RAINN to help victims of sexual violence, which is an issue I care deeply about. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I am happy to have RAINN as an ally, as we work diligently to bring up and hopefully pass this important legislation next Congress that will benefit victims and help them on their way to self-recovery.”

~ Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Co-Sponsor of the SAFER Act

Elizabeth Arden Opens Red Door for RAINN

ArdenElizabeth Arden opened its iconic red door this month to host a special event for RAINN. The Red Door Spa in Tyson’s Corner, VA, offered its guests a night of beauty and relaxation to benefit survivors. Red Door customers and RAINN supporters enjoyed mini spa treatments such as massages, manicures and makeup applications at the pre-holiday party.

Thank You for Helping 122,000 People This Year!

"Most of us tend to be reflective this time of year, thinking back on what we’ve accomplished since the year began. As you reflect back on all you’ve done, I have one thing to add to your list: You’ve helped more than 122,000 survivors of sexual assault this year.”

As a direct result of your support, RAINN stayed open 24/7, every day of the year, helping everyone who reached out to us through the National Sexual Assault Hotline and Online Hotline.

Helping 122,000 people is a huge accomplishment, but not your only one. You also made possible RAINN Day, our college program that educated students on more than 1,000 campuses. We developed a program that now provides free websites, email, web content and tech support for more than 700 local crisis centers. And you helped give us an active presence on Capitol Hill, where we worked closely with the bipartisan leadership to pass new initiatives that will prevent rape and punish its perpetrators.

So, I want to wish you a happy holidays and -- most importantly -- say thank you read more

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Stretch Your Dollar 2x as Far!

MatchYou still have 9 days left to have your tax-deductible donation to RAINN matched, dollar for dollar, by another supporter.

Your $50 donation will be worth $100 to RAINN, and will help twice as many people at no extra cost to you.

Donate by December 31 to have your gift matched.

Spotlight on the Speakers Bureau: Keith Smith

SmithAt the age of fourteen, Keith Smith was abducted, beaten and sexually assaulted. By writing a book and being a member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau, Keith is recovering from the brutal attack.

RAINN recently connected Smith with the Oprah Winfrey Show, where he was an audience member for Oprah’s show about male survivors of sexual abuse. “The invitation from one of Oprah's producers was quite a surprise," he said. “As I was walking through the airport in Chicago, I realized that I was about to go on national TV with 199 other guys to tell the world that they are not alone and they're not responsible for the abuse they suffered.”

Smith is also putting his energy into eliminating New Jersey's statute of limitation for civil cases. "The life altering physical, emotional, behavioral and social side effects of sexual abuse, suffered by children into adulthood, last a lifetime," Smith noted in his testimony to the NJ state senate.

Learn more about becoming a member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Caitlin Breen

Breen“To me, volunteering for the Online Hotline is about connecting with people on a very human level. Often when I interact with visitors, I feel humbled and inspired by their courage and resilience. I love volunteering for an organization that is so compassionate, not only in terms of the resources for visitors, but also because I feel truly valued and supported as a volunteer. My overall experience has been challenging and rewarding, and I look forward to continuing my work with RAINN for a long time to come.”

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Redeem Your Holiday Gift Cards!

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