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Latest News| Aug 9, 2019

VIDEO: RAINN'S VP of Victim Services Delivers Keynote Address on How Tech Can Support Survivors

RAINN’s vice president of victim services, Keeli Sorensen, delivered the keynote address at Twilio’s annual SIGNAL conference. In her speech, Sorensen emphasized the importance of technological innovation and infrastructure in RAINN’s everyday work to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

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Aug 07, 2019

RAINN Partners with Twilio.org for Crisis Response and Prevention Initiative

Today RAINN announced its partnership with Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform. Twilio’s social impact arm, Twilio.org, launched its Crisis Response and Prevention Initiative. As part of the initiative, along with funding, Twilio.org established the Crisis Response Technology Network (CRTN), of which RAINN will be a member, intended to help nonprofits develop communications technology to serve individuals and communities in times of crisis.

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Aug 02, 2019

Be Part of the Solution on Campuses

Millions of high school and college students in the United States will head to campus for the first time or return for another year this fall. Bystander intervention is a powerful way that individuals of all ages can look out for each other and help create safe and respectful spaces.

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Jul 30, 2019

RAINN Files Amicus Brief in Support of Cosby Conviction

As a court weighs Bill Cosby’s appeal of his conviction, RAINN and its pro bono legal team at Hogan Lovells, LLP, have filed a joint amicus brief arguing to uphold the verdict. The brief makes the case that the testimony of five additional victims who testified against Cosby established a pattern of behavior, and that the experiences of the witnesses were strikingly similar to the experience of Andrea Constand.

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Latest News | July 30, 2019
RAINN Files Amicus Brief in Support of Cosby Conviction

As a court weighs Bill Cosby’s appeal of his conviction, RAINN and its pro bono legal team at Hogan Lovells, LLP, have filed a joint amicus brief arguing to uphold the verdict. The brief makes the case that the testimony of five additional victims who testified against Cosby established a pattern...

Latest News | July 11, 2019
RAINN Statement: Rape Kit Backlog Becomes A 2020 Presidential Campaign Issue

RAINN released a statement following Sen. Kamala Harris’ announcement of a plan to eliminate the rape kit backlog. “An important step for Members of the House of Representatives would be to pass S.820, the Debbie Smith Act, which has passed the Senate and is currently awaiting action by House...

Latest News | July 08, 2019
Rape Kit Law at Risk of Expiring Unless Congress Acts

The federal law that helps state crime labs test tens of thousands of rape kits every year, the Debbie Smith Act, will expire this fall unless Congress acts to renew it. Since 2005, there have been more than 455,000 matches of crime scene evidence to offenders’ DNA. Of these matches, 42 percent—...

Latest News | February 05, 2019
Renewal of Key DNA Bill to be Considered in Congress

Debbie Smith Act Leads to 192,000 DNA Matches The Debbie Smith Act (DSA), the federal government’s primary tool to eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases, is responsible for nearly half of all matches to the FBI’s DNA database, CODIS. Now, Congress is about to...

Latest News | February 04, 2019
Bipartisan House Resolution Encourages Sexual Assault Kit Reform

A bipartisan group of representatives has introduced a House Resolution to encourage state legislatures to support sexual assault kit reform legislation to ensure the collection and timely testing of sexual assault kits—sometimes called “Rape Kits.” Part of the resolution will be to make sure...

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