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One of America's 100 Best Charities
— Worth Magazine

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.


National Sexual Assault Hotline

Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE. This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. The hotline helped 137,039 sexual assault victims in 2005 and has helped more than 1.5 million since it began in 1994.

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline

In 2007, RAINN expanded its hotline services with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, the nation's first secure web-based hotline that provides live and completely confidential help to victims through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging. In November 2007, RAINN won the 2007 NPower Greater DC Region Technology Innovation Award for its innovative use of technology in the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.

Helping Policymakers and the Media

RAINN is a frequent resource for television, radio and print news outlets — as well as local, state and national policymakers, law enforcement and rape treatment professionals — on the issues related to rape and sexual assault.

Educating America to Prevent Sexual Assault

Extensive entertainment industry relationships allow RAINN to reach millions of Americans each month with important information about sexual assault prevention, recovery and prosecution. In addition, RAINN uses its community partnerships to put critical information into the hands of young women and men at concerts, on campus and in communities. Through these efforts, RAINN educates more than 120 million Americans each year about sexual assault.

In addition to these education efforts, RAINN also publicizes the hotlines' free, confidential services and leads national efforts to improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

We Can't Do It Alone

We are proud to count entertainers, athletes, media networks and corporations as our partners. And, we are equally pleased to have the financial and volunteer support of tens of thousands of individuals across the U.S., from our RAINNMakers who raise money to support our programs to RAINN Day volunteers committed to ending sexual assault on over 1000 campuses across the country.

You can make a difference too!

Interested in joining the fight against sexual assault? There are many ways you can get involved.

Want to raise funds to support services for victims of sexual assault?

Be a RAINNMaker! More than 92 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to sexual assault programs. Go to the RAINNMaker information page to learn more about how you can play an important role in the fight against sexual assault by raising funds to support the vital programs that RAINN operates.

Interested in sharing your story with others?

Join RAINN's Speakers Bureau. Speakers bureau members work with the media and speak to local communities about their experiences in an effort to prevent sexual assault.

Want to volunteer?

Visit our volunteer page to see ways you can get involved in the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, RAINN Day, or your local rape crisis center.


Non-Discrimination Policy

RAINN and its affiliated centers shall not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, age, language, disability or political identification. Accordingly, equal access to employment opportunities and services is extended to all persons.

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