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After someone is sexually assaulted, every minute counts to collect the evidence needed to bring perpetrators to justice. Stay up to date with our policy team's work to ensure survivors don't have to wait.





RAINN has released the new PSA, Wait, in collaboration with Smuggler, to show the experience many survivors have while waiting to receive a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, more commonly referred to as a Rape Kit.

Due to a shortage of forensically-trained nurses and limited information on where to find them, survivors may have to travel long distances to find the nearest Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner or wait hours for an exam. This PSA shares why it's so important for Congress to pass the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act, or SASCA, federal legislation that would improve access to critical care for survivors.

Want to help? 

Watch the PSA, read about key SASCA provisions, and sign up for policy updates from RAINN.

To share the news about SASCA, post the Wait PSA video with a sample message below.

  • Twitter: When survivors of sexual violence reach out for help, they shouldn’t have to wait. Reduce the wait time for sexual assault forensic exams—tell Congress to pass SASCA at www.rainn.org/waitpsa. #PassSASCA @RAINN
  • Twitter/Instagram: Survivors deserve access to trauma-informed health care services—no matter where they live. Ask Congress to #PassSASCA and reduce the wait time for sexual assault forensic exams. Survivors shouldn't have to wait another minute www.rainn.org/waitpsa
  • Instagram: A shortage of nurses trained to collect forensic evidence = traveling long distances to find a hospital that can help — or waiting hours for an exam. We can help make sure all survivors have access to supportive care whenever they need it. Visit @RAINN or www.rainn.org/waitpsa to learn more. #PassSASCA

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