The CW's Adelaide Kane Stars in PSA to Connect Teens with Help

Adelaide Kane and another actress while filming Reign

In an episode airing today, viewers of the CW's popular show Reign witnessed a disturbing scene. Mary, Queen of Scots, played by Australian actress Adelaide Kane, is sexually assaulted. To bridge the gap between the storyline, set in the 16th century, and the experiences of the CW's young audience, the show collaborated with RAINN on a PSA for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

In the PSA, Adelaide Kane speaks directly to viewers who have been impacted by this crime — encouraging them to come forward and get the help that they deserve.

During this season of Reign, viewers will see Mary deal with the traumatic aftermath of the rape. Executive producer Laurie McCarthy, who co-wrote the episode with writer Nancy Won, expressed her commitment to highlighting experiences that many survivors face.

"Rape and violence are issues women -- even women in positions of power -- have had to deal with through the ages," said McCarthy. "I wanted to make sure we portrayed the crime and the emotional trauma it causes its victims with the respect it deserves. By partnering with RAINN and creating a PSA, the show wants to bring awareness to and reinforce the gravity of the crime."

The PSA will be shown across all digital platforms, including Hulu and video on demand.

About the CW's Reign
Reign is an American historical fiction series following the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, in the year 1577 in France. Played by actress Adelaide Kane, Mary faces numerous challenges that involve power, love and war. The show is in its second season.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,000 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than two million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit