Issues We Work On

RAINN’s Public Policy team works with law makers and influencers to ensure survivors have access to critical services after sexual assault and to improve the way our country prosecutes perpetrators.

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse

All survivors of sexual violence, children and mothers alike, should be able to live without fear of future harm.

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Sustaining and Expanding Services

Each year, RAINN works closely with allied stakeholders, Members of Congress, administration officials, and others to secure and expand funding for critical programs and services.

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Crime on Cruise Ships

The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 established passenger rights to increase safety for travelers on cruise ships. Learning about these rights before you board may help you feel more secure, and they can help you speak up if something happens.

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Crime Victim Compensation

If you decide to report the crime and work with law enforcement, you may be able to access financial compensation from a state agency to help cover some of the costs associated with the crime.

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Addressing the Rape Kit Backlog

The overwhelming backlog of DNA evidence is currently one of the biggest obstacles to prosecuting perpetrators of sexual violence.

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Rape Kit Action Project

The Rape Kit Action Project is dedicated to facilitating justice and holding perpetrators accountable by eliminating the backlog of forensic (DNA) evidence collected from rape kits. RAINN serves on the steering committee. 

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DNA evidence can increase likelihood of holding a perpetrator accountable.

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Sexual violence has fallen by half in the last 20 years.

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