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Latest News| Apr 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: RAINN is Here for Survivors

As each us face the many ways COVID-19 has affected our communities and everyday lives, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that RAINN continues to be here to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, no matter what. We know that this is a difficult time, and that uncertainty and feeling a lack of control over our lives may feel especially overwhelming for survivors of sexual violence already coping with trauma and stress. If you need to talk, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available at 800.656.HOPE or online.rainn.org. As always, services are free, confidential, and 24/7. Whether you’re a survivor or a loved one, we're here for you.

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Apr 21, 2020

RAINN Releases Resources for Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence in Temporary Medical Facilities During COVID-19

RAINN today shared with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels a new checklist of considerations for preventing and responding to sexual violence as they build and manage temporary medical facilities related to COVID-19. RAINN has created a central hub of guidance documents from leading experts with COVID-19-specific protocols for investigators, prosecutors, courts, and public officials. The guidance covers issues such as investigating sexual assault; forensic interviews for abused children; and ensuring the continuity of services such as sexual assault forensic exams during coronavirus-related closures.

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Apr 16, 2020

For the First Time Ever, Minors Make Up Half of Visitors to National Sexual Assault Hotline

In March, as shelter-in-place orders were implemented across the country, for the first time ever, half of the victims receiving help from the National Sexual Assault Hotline were minors. “Unfortunately for many, and especially for children experiencing sexual abuse, ‘stay at home’ doesn’t mean ‘safe at home,’” said Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president. Of minors who discussed coronavirus-related concerns, 67% identified their perpetrator as a family member and 79% said they were living with that perpetrator. 

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Apr 02, 2020

RAINN Working to Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19 Crisis

RAINN is working with state agencies to address emergency preparedness and response measures for survivors of sexual violence, particularly children, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During natural disasters and in conflict zones, the prevalence of sexual violence increases,” said Camille Cooper, RAINN’s vice president of public policy. “There are so many things we need to consider in this crisis to ensure that we’re doing all we can to prevent sexual violence and appropriately respond when it does happen.”

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Latest News | May 18, 2018
Pitchfork Music Festival Teams Up with RAINN

RAINN and the Pitchfork Music Festival are working together to spread awareness of sexual assault and harassment and raise funds for survivors at the Pitchfork Musical Festival in Chicago on July 20-22 and through their network of 30 million followers.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trial is a Victory for Survivors

Following years of allegations of sexual assault, Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault against Andrea Constand.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Survivors and Advocates Across the Country Join RAINN to Observe SAAPM

Every April, the country recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). This year, SAAPM took place amid a national conversation about sexual harassment and assault sparked by the #MeToo movement.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of Americans and their families feel the effects of trauma on mental health each year, and a portion of those people are survivors of sexual violence.

Latest News | April 26, 2018
Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trial

“RAINN is pleased with the jury’s decision in this case. There are many forces that discourage victims from reporting these crimes. Let’s hope the legacy of this case is that victims feel empowered to come forward, knowing that it can truly make a difference in bringing perpetrators to justice.” -...

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