Congress Says ‘Yes’ to Survivors’ Rights

The Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, passed on September 6 through the House, takes a clear stand that survivors should have full access to sexual assault forensic exams and forensic evidence collection kits.

DNA Database Leads to Lower Crime

A new study supports what RAINN has been telling state and federal policymakers for decades: a more robust DNA database leads to lower crime rates.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps States Erase Rape Kit Backlogs

RAINN’s policy department has joined a team of national experts selected by the Justice Department to support states’ work to address and end the backlog of untested and unanalyzed rape kits.

Twenty Minutes of Rape

Judge Perksy imposed a sentence of only six months on Brock Turner—a sentence far less than the six years recommended by prosecutors, and only one-quarter of the normal two-year minimum sentence.

Senate Passes Justice for All Reauthorization Act

This important bill prioritizes rape kit testing, expands DNA use, and helps the innocent. Recently passed by the Senate, the bill now heads to House.

Hawaii Acts To Protect Children, Test Rape Kits

By passing two anti-sexual violence laws this year, Hawaii is setting an example for state legislators across the nation.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Renews Call for Campus Reforms

RAINN's vice president for public policy spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference urging swift action on the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), alongside survivor advocates and lawmakers.

Congress Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Members of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus joined advocates and officials from across the country to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and to honor those who have dedicated their lives to promoting justice for victims. 

How Does Your State Define Consent?

Thanks to pro bono help from law firm Hogan Lovells, RAINN’s Defining Consent database helps provide a detailed answer, customized for every state, to the common question: What exactly is consent?

Congress Prioritizes Victims’ Rights, Rape Kit Testing, and Exonerating the Innocent

The Justice For All Act of 2016 and the Sexual Assault Survivors Act are two pieces of legislation that have been introduced in Congress this year to prioritize survivors' rights, eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits, and exonerate the falsely accused. 

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