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Latest News| Nov 5, 2020

Breanna Stewart, WNBA Finals MVP, on Basketball as Healing

Olympic gold medalist Breanna Stewart was named the WNBA Finals' MVP after leading Seattle Storm to their fourth WNBA championship this year. A survivor and dedicated supporter of RAINN, she shares how basketball has been central to her healing journey. "Basketball has been a part of my healing journey because it was my outlet. It was my place where I could put my head down, work hard, and not think."

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Nov 05, 2020

Maryland Working Group Recommends Training for Judges Handling Custody Cases Involving Child Sexual Abuse

For many parents, going to court to fight for custody of their children is unimaginably difficult, and for those who are seeking custody because of child abuse or domestic violence, it can also be the deciding factor for the health and safety of them and their child.“The way children disclose or react when around an abuser just looks different than what an adult might do,” said Cooper. “If judges and others aren’t trained in looking out for these signs, they could be condemning a child to full, unsupervised custody with a parent who is physically and sexually abusing them.”

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Nov 05, 2020

How the RAINN Speakers Bureau Creates Political Change

The RAINN Speakers Bureau is a network of more than 4,000 survivors of sexual violence who volunteer to share their stories. Members across the United States share their experiences through the media, community events, artistic projects, and more. “Joining the Speakers Bureau made me feel like I was helping others as well as myself,” says Speakers Bureau member Rebecca Courtright. “By using my voice, I feel I have regained my true path to help others and create a better future for all victims of sexual violence.”

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Nov 05, 2020

#GivingTuesday, a Time of Hope at RAINN

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. It’s a moment when individuals and organizations join together to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity and assist causes near and dear to them. At RAINN, #GivingTuesday is a celebration of hope—especially this year. "I support RAINN’s vital work because they bring hope and healing to survivors of sexual violence today, and every day,” said Tori Amos, survivor, longtime supporter, and RAINN #GivingTuesday ambassador. “Now more than ever, we must come together to ensure that help is available, in the moment it’s needed most.”

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Latest News | December 20, 2019
Critical Rape Kit Backlog Funding Passed By Congress

Congress reauthorized the nation’s primary DNA testing program through 2024. The U.S. Senate voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, which has increased the use of DNA and has led to more than 192,000 DNA matches in CODIS (the FBI’s DNA database system). The bill had already passed the House, and is...

Latest News | October 02, 2019
PHOTOS from Capitol Hill: RAINN and CBS Television Studios Host Viewing and Panel Discussion of New Series, Unbelievable

RAINN, along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02), and CBS Television Studios, hosted a viewing and panel discussion of the new and critically-acclaimed limited series, Unbelievable on Capitol Hill. The panel discussion...

Latest News | September 06, 2019
Closer Look: RAINN’s Public Policy Team

In honor of RAINN’s 25th anniversary, each month we’ll be taking a closer look at the people and programs that are essential in our work to help survivors today and every day. This month, we’re shining a spotlight on RAINN’s public policy team. RAINN’s policy team works at federal and state levels...

Latest News | September 06, 2019
Press Conference: RAINN Urges Congress to Renew Debbie Smith Act

Today Debbie Smith, a survivor and advocate, alongside RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, held a press conference announcing delivery of over 32,000 signatures from citizens across the nation urging Congress to pass the Debbie Smith Act when it returns next week.

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...

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