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Latest News| Dec 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 now headed for the president to be signed into law.  

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Jan 02, 2020

Journalist and Activist on How to Be There for Survivors

Each month, RAINN features a member of its National Leadership Council (NLC). The NLC is a group of dedicated individuals who have shown their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence. This month we checked in with journalist, editor, entrepreneur, activist, Jacqui Cheng.

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Jan 07, 2020

Surviving R. Kelly Part II Leads to 40% Increase in Calls to National Sexual Assault Hotline

“The Friday and Saturday after 'Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning' aired, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline experienced a 40% increase in calls. We are proud to have partnered with Lifetime on this project and are encouraged that our work with the media continues to empower survivors of sexual violence to seek the help that they need to heal.” - Erinn Robinson, RAINN Press Secretary

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Jan 02, 2020

Stalking Isn’t Romantic, It’s a Crime

During National Stalking Awareness Month this January, RAINN is bringing attention to different forms of stalking and some warning signs that you may be experiencing stalking. “The majority of stalking is perpetrated by someone the victim knows, often a current or former romantic partner. Whether it’s in-person or online, stalking is never acceptable behavior,” says Keeli Sorensen, RAINN’s vice president of victim services.

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Latest News | August 30, 2019
RAINN Partners with Hulu for Untouchable Documentary

RAINN has teamed up with Hulu for its release of a new documentary film, Untouchable. In the film, survivors of Harvey Weinstein share their stories of abuse and its effects on their lives and careers. For some of the survivors, they are sharing these stories for the very first time.

Latest News | August 09, 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...

Latest News | August 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...

Latest News | August 02, 2019
DoD Safe Helpline Self-Paced Educational Programs

DoD Safe Helpline recently released two self-paced programs to educate the military community and civilian providers about sexual assault. Safe Helpline is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault; it is operated by RAINN.

Latest News | August 02, 2019
NLC Member Highlight: Paul McComas

Each month, RAINN features a member of its National Leadership Council (NLC). The NLC is a group of dedicated individuals who have shown their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence. This month we checked in with author Paul McComas.

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