Record Numbers Speak Out, Contact RAINN Hotline

Over the past few weeks there has been an outpouring of sexual assault and harassment allegations not only in Hollywood, but across the nation. The brave survivors who have told their stories through the media and the #metoo campaign have elevated a pivotal public discussion about sexual violence—an issue that affects an American every 98 seconds.

“It can often be difficult for victims of sexual assault and harassment to come forward, and it can be even more difficult if the harasser is their supervisor or in a position of power,” said Jodi Omear, vice president of communications. “The national conversation around sexual violence and the many courageous voices who have spoken out have helped survivors feel that they are not alone.”

Survivors are reaching out to RAINN in record numbers. There has been a 21 percent increase in those contacting our hotline. Each day RAINN’s victim services programs provide support to about 600 individuals affected by sexual violence, assisting a record 19,432 people in October alone.

Speaking out after a sexual assault can be difficult, and survivors moves at their own pace. RAINN’s programs provide support and resources for survivors in all stages of recovery, whether they’ve recently experienced sexual violence, or are dealing with painful memories after seeing the issue in the media.

RAINN has also seen an increase in donations to continue its victim services programs to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. “We’re so grateful for the flood of support and donations in the past few weeks,” said Chelsea Bowers, development director. “Just $42 allows RAINN to help one survivor.”

RAINN stands with the brave survivors who have shared their stories and the work they have done to encourage others to share theirs. Sexual assault and harassment are never acceptable. Each of us has the right to work or learn in a safe environment. The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and is here for you, and is anonymous, free, and available 24/7.