PHOTOS from Capitol Hill: RAINN and CBS Television Studios Host Viewing and Panel Discussion of New Series, Unbelievable

RAINN, along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02), and CBS Television Studios, hosted a viewing and panel discussion of the new and critically-acclaimed limited series, Unbelievable on Capitol Hill. The panel discussion focused on the importance of passing the Debbie Smith Act to provide funding to end the rape kit backlog. Another focal point of the conversation was training law enforcement officers in trauma-informed sexual assault investigations.

RAINN Teams Up with Netflix on Limited Series Unbelievable

RAINN and Netflix have teamed up on Unbelievable, an eight-part limited series released last week and inspired by the true events of a serial rape case in Colorado and Washington State. The series depicts what it’s like for many survivors who choose to report sexual violence and the difficulty of receiving a rape kit and repeatedly describing an assault. Unbelievable focuses on how the first response a survivor hears after disclosing can encourage people to continue to pursue healing and find justice.

RAINN Partners with Lyft to Create a Culture of Safety and Respect

RAINN today announced a partnership with Lyft to help them hold drivers and riders accountable for maintaining a culture of safety. RAINN’s consulting services team will work with Lyft to create mandatory Community Safety Education for drivers, strengthen community guidelines, and develop trainings for Lyft team members, riders and drivers. Lyft will also make a donation to support RAINN’s victim service, public education, and public policy programs.

Barriers to Reporting in Spanish-Speaking Communities

Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15 and is a time to honor more than 40 million people who are part of the Latinx community in the U.S. This month, RAINN is taking a look at challenges to reporting sexual assault and harassment that members of these communities may face. Since RAINN launched Spanish-language services on the Online Hotline in 2015, Spanish-speaking survivors of sexual assault—and their family and friends—have had access to anonymous support services as well as information about care, service providers, and the reporting process.

Closer Look: RAINN’s Public Policy Team

In honor of RAINN’s 25th anniversary, each month we’ll be taking a closer look at the people and programs that are essential in our work to help survivors today and every day. This month, we’re shining a spotlight on RAINN’s public policy team. RAINN’s policy team works at federal and state levels to improve the criminal justice system, prevent sexual assault, and ensure justice for survivors.

RAINN VP Delivers Keynote, Shows How Tech Professionals Can Build a Safer Future for Survivors

RAINN’s vice president of victim services, Keeli Sorensen, delivered a keynote address last month at cloud communications company Twilio’s annual conference in San Francisco. In her speech, Sorensen emphasized the role that technological innovation and infrastructure play in RAINN’s everyday work to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

VIDEO: RAINN'S VP of Victim Services Delivers Keynote Address on How Tech Can Support Survivors

RAINN’s vice president of victim services, Keeli Sorensen, delivered the keynote address at Twilio’s annual SIGNAL conference. In her speech, Sorensen emphasized the importance of technological innovation and infrastructure in RAINN’s everyday work to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

RAINN Partners with Twilio.org for Crisis Response and Prevention Initiative

Today RAINN announced its partnership with Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform. Twilio’s social impact arm, Twilio.org, launched its Crisis Response and Prevention Initiative. As part of the initiative, along with funding, Twilio.org established the Crisis Response Technology Network (CRTN), of which RAINN will be a member, intended to help nonprofits develop communications technology to serve individuals and communities in times of crisis.

DoD Safe Helpline Self-Paced Educational Programs

DoD Safe Helpline recently released two self-paced programs to educate the military community and civilian providers about sexual assault. Safe Helpline is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault; it is operated by RAINN.

NLC Member Highlight: Paul McComas

Each month, RAINN features a member of its National Leadership Council (NLC). The NLC is a group of dedicated individuals who have shown their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence. This month we checked in with author Paul McComas.

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