RAINN Announces National Leadership Council Members

WASHINGTON—RAINN today announced the newest members of its National Leadership Council (NLC). The NLC comprises individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline to help survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.

“It takes a community of dedicated individuals to end sexual violence. #MeToo has been a global catalyst for change, sparking conversation that has emboldened survivors across the nation and the world to speak out and ask for help in record numbers,” said Scott Berkowitz, president and founder. “We are grateful for the leadership of the members of our National Leadership Council and honored that they have chosen RAINN as their partner to create a future without sexual violence.”

Members of the NLC will work with RAINN leadership to identify an agenda of programs, policies, and initiatives that help survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and bring perpetrators to justice. Members include:

  • Tori Amos - singer/songwriter and survivor
  • Laurie Halse Anderson - survivor and author of Speak
  • Marika Anthony-Shaw - founder and CEO, PLUS1
  • Ashna Chopra - supporter
  • Peter Church - chief talent officer, UnitedHealthcare
  • Torrey DeVitto - actor, activist, and philanthropist
  • Michael and Catherine Devlin - supporters
  • Cameron Esposito - comedian, survivor, and activist
  • Allen Hicks - partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Kelly Johnson - philanthropist
  • Ashley Judd - actor and humanitarian
  • Kesha - singer, activist, and survivor
  • John Marciano - supporter
  • Marci M. Matthews – survivor, advocate, and philanthropist
  • Paul McComas - author of Unplugged
  • Katherine Miller - RAINN board member
  • Christina Ricci - actor
  • Alice Sebold - author of Lucky
  • JP Sheehan - supporter and volunteer
  • Jennifer Sincero - author of You Are a Badass
  • Mira Sorvino - actor, activist, and survivor
  • Breanna Stewart - professional basketball player, Seattle Storm


Quotes from National Leadership Council Members

“RAINN is kindness in action, helping to heal the world one survivor at a time." ~ Laurie Halse Anderson

“It’s an honor to be involved with RAINN. I am in awe of the survivors’ strength and perseverance. They are all an inspiration. I’m grateful for their willingness to share incredibly personal and painful stories to help others find their way through adversity.” ~ Torrey DeVitto

“It’s an honor to partner with and support the people and organizations who do the real, on the ground work that drives my art & RAINN does just that. It’s because of their work that I can do mine.” ~ Cameron Esposito

“Whether it’s helping a survivor through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, educating the public, or advocating for just laws and policies—RAINN inspires hope and healing every day. As a survivor, I’m grateful to be a member of the National Leadership Council and honored to support RAINN’s critical work in fighting sexual violence.” ~ Marci M. Matthews

“My first-ever girlfriend was raped at age 20 and took her own life six months later, so RAINN's mission of turning victims into survivors is quite personal to me. RAINN and the NLC equip so many of us to help people re-group, heal, and move forward—often stronger than ever.” ~ Paul McComas

“RAINN has been serving survivors of sexual assault for more than 20 years, connecting people with support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. I'm proud to join the other members of the National Leadership Council in continuing these efforts to raise awareness and support survivors.” ~ Katherine Miller

“As a survivor, I know how important it is to have someone you can talk to after experiencing sexual assault or abuse. I'm extremely proud to join RAINN's National Leadership Council to help ensure all people have a place to turn for help.” ~ Breanna Stewart

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