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#ProudPSUforRAINN Continues to Raise Money for Victims

In the wake of the recent events at Penn State University, a grassroots network of PSU alumni decided to stand up for victims of sexual abuse by supporting RAINN's efforts to prevent and treat victims of sexual abuse. In an astonishing display of Penn State pride the #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign reached its goal of raising $500,000 for RAINN. In less than one month, thousands of Penn Staters and supporters from all over the country joined together to help victims of sexual assault and to ensure something like this never happens again — anywhere.

"After having so closely identified with all things Penn State over the past 15 years, the recent events have shaken our beliefs – and those of other alumni – to the core. Simply put, Penn State is way bigger than the alleged actions of a few people. To honor the victims, our goal is to raise over $500,000 – one dollar for each of Penn State's 557,000 alumni. Please join us in showing the world what being a proud supporter of Penn State really means by making a donation in support of preventing and treating victims of sexual abuse and by adding your name to mine below."
— Jerry & Jaime Needel, Bob Troia and Larena Lettow – Penn State '98

It’s not too late to make your voice heard. Below are ways that you can continue to support the campaign and help victims of sexual abuse.

Join #ProudPSUforRAINN:


Click here to make a donation.

Add your name to become a Proud Supporter

Wear your pride

Order a #ProudPSUforRAINN T-Shirt

Click here to order.

Wear it to show the world what Penn State really stands for. Wear it because you want to help ensure that something like this never happens again — anywhere.

Proceeds from this purchase will help ensure that every survivor who reaches out to RAINN receives the support that he or she needs and deserves.

Educate yourself

Prevent child sexual abuse by educating yourself and becoming aware of the warning signs and effects:

How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault?

Talking to your child if you suspect that they are being sexually abused

Child Sexual Abuse

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault

Male Sexual Assault

Raise Money for #ProudPSUforRAINN

Mobilize your friends, family and colleagues and raise money to support survivors of sexual violence. Below, find a comprehensive kit for planning and executing a fundraiser and a flyer to distribute online or at a live event.

Click here to view more opportunities to support the #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign.

Donations from the #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign directly benefit RAINN's prevention and education initiatives and provide support for those affected by this crime through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (, which has experienced a 54% increase since the Penn State story broke. The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline helps victims and survivors nation-wide receive the support they need and deserve.

The #ProudPSUforRAINN campaign has received nation-wide support and continues to grow. As a result of the campaign, RAINN hotline staff have helped survivors from around the country (men and women, boys and girls), who were encouraged to get help for the very first time. Since 1994, RAINN's hotlines have provided free, confidential support to help more than 1.5 million survivors take the first steps towards recovery.

To learn more about how your donation helps, visit:

See media coverage of #ProudPSUforRAINN:

ABC News: Lessons for Penn State: Cover-Ups Cost Money, Student Lives

ABC News: Penn State Alums Raise Funds for Victims, Bring Back Pride

ABC News: Sex Crimes Against Boys Often Go Unreported Because of Queasiness Among Males

The Ad Council - AdLibbing: The Impassioned Few #ProudPSUforRAINN Campaign

Black Shoe Diaries: Support RAINN and the #ProudPSUforRAINN Campaign

CBS Pittsburgh: Penn State Alumni Launch Website To Help Victims

Centre Daily Times: PSU alumni work to raise $500,000 for sex abuse victims by Saturday

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Penn State Alumni Seek to Raise More Than $500,000 to Fight Sexual Abuse

CNN: Survivors of sexual abuse appalled by Penn State unrest

CNN American Morning: Penn State alumni group raises money for sexual abuse victims

The Daily Collegian: Male survivor shares his story

The Daily Collegian: Penn State group raises money for RAINN

The Denver Post: Post-Penn State scandal donors pour $396,000 into fund to help victims of sex abuse

Detroit Free Press: Michael Rosenberg: How Penn State can try to help repair damage, its image

Examiner: Penn State scandal brings increased awareness of childhood sexual assault

Huffington Post: Penn State Scandal: Alumni Raise Money For Sex-Abuse Victims -- What You Can Do (VIDEO) Positives from the Penn State Situation Please support the Penn State victims by donating to RAINN

LA Times: Penn State community takes it personally

MSNBC: Penn State alumnus seeks to help abuse victims

Nittany Lines: What Penn State is All About

Nittany Lions Den: Letter from a Penn State Alum

The Penn Stater: RAINN Campaign Edges Closer to $500,000

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: PSU update: Gov. Corbett calls rioters 'knuckleheads'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Alumni show their pride for Penn State by raising donations for victims of abuse

The Seasons Blog: RAINN: Comment for a cause

TIME: Penn State's Pre-Game Vigil: Focusing on the Victims — And Worrying About the Fallout

Today's THV: RAINN hotlines sees surge in usage after Penn State victims speak out

USA Today: Loss adds to tough time for Penn State

USA Today: Penn State case brings other victims forward

Washington Post: Penn State fallout: The emergence of the victims

Washington Post: Penn State students plan candlelight vigil, raise money for victims