RAINN Statement on Guilty Verdict in Federal Trial Against R. Kelly

Washington, D.C. – Today, RAINN released the following statement after a jury convicted R. Kelly on federal sex crime charges:

“This guilty verdict sends a loud message to survivors of sexual violence, and we are pleased that R. Kelly will be brought to justice for some of the irrevocable harm he has caused. Many survivors of Kelly’s abuse — women and men of color, who were long ignored and pushed aside — came forward and spoke out powerfully throughout the trial. Today's verdict was made possible by their courage and persistence in being heard, and we thank them for their resilience during a difficult and very public process. We hope that today’s verdict empowers survivors everywhere to feel that they are not alone.” - Erinn Robinson, RAINN press secretary



RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, educate the public, help organizations improve their sexual assault prevention and response programs, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, free, confidential help is available 24/7 by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visiting online.rainn.org.