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Public Policy

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RAINN's policy department works to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that more rapists are brought to justice, and that victims of sexual violence get the justice they deserve. Is there an issue you’d like to see us work on? Let us know.


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Laws in Your State
Mandatory reporting, confidentiality, HIV/AIDS testing, and statute of limitations laws. RAINN updates this annually with support from Hogan Lovells.

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Top Priorities in Congress
News on our top federal policy priorities — and how you can help.

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Court Decisions
Read about court cases that may affect victims of sexual violence and the justice process.

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Issue Backgrounders
Get up to speed on DNA, victim compensation and other criminal justice issues.

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Capitol Hill Crime Fighters
Meet the members of Congress leading the fight against sexual violence.

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Federal Laws
Learn about key federal sexual violence laws including the Debbie Smith Act and the Violence Against Women Act.


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