Degrassi Debut Leads to 500% Increase in Hotline Calls

RAINN partnered with Nickelodeon’s teen network, The N, and its #1 show, Degrassi, for the season's premiere episode, dealing with the issue of child sexual abuse. Following the airing of the episode, “Jane Says,” calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline increased 500%! In the episode, one of the main characters, Jane Vaughn, deals with the fact that her father sexually abused her as a child.

Jane Vaughn:played by Paula Brancati

A PSA by actress Paula Brancati, who plays the character Jane Vaughn, aired in conjunction with the episode. RAINN worked closely with The N to ensure that their viewers learned about the critical recovery resources available through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online at

View the Degrassi PSA or learn more about the show.

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