The Speakers Bureau is a volunteer group of survivors of sexual violence who want to share their stories.
RAINN connects Speakers Bureau members with events, projects and interview requests that we receive from various organizations. We also connect survivors with media outlets and journalists that are seeking to educate the public about the reality of sexual violence and spread messages of hope.
Learn more about the Speakers Bureau
Have questions about hosting a survivor at your event? Want to know more about the process of becoming a member? Learn more about how the Speakers Bureau by reading RAINN’s Speakers Bureau FAQs.
Join the Speakers Bureau
Are you willing to help educate the public about sexual violence by sharing your story? Download and fill out your application to join the Speakers Bureau. Applications typically take 4 to 6 weeks to process. You will be notified once your application has been reviewed. We are always looking for people from different backgrounds who are willing to share their story in different ways, such as:
- Speaking to school and community groups,
- Participating in magazine interviews (anonymously if desired),
- Writing a column for a newsletter,
- Sharing your story on RAINN’s website
Download the application (PDF)
Many survivors find that sharing their experience and spreading awareness about preventing sexual violence helps them move forward and recover. In turn, their stories have the power to make a positive impact on society and give hope to those who may be going through a tough time.
Healing from a sexual assault takes time. This length of time is different for every survivor. We just ask that all applicants wait at least one year after their assault occurred before they apply to the RAINN Speakers Bureau.
For Members of the Media
If you are a member of the media, you can contact the RAINN Communications Manager with a specific interview request that includes your name and contact information, your organization, a brief description of the piece, your deadline, where the show tapes (if applicable), and most importantly, any details that can help us match your request with the right survivor(s). Some of these details may include: age of the survivor, gender identity, type of sexual violence that the survivor experienced, and geographic area where you are focused.
The Communications Manager will identify survivors that fit the specified criteria, reach out to them directly about the opportunity, and relay all communication between the survivor(s) and journalist leading up to the interview. When members of the Speakers Bureau participate in an interview, they are sharing their own experience and cannot make official statements or opinions on behalf of RAINN. Read through RAINN’s Tips for Journalists Interviewing Survivors to help prepare for your interview.
For Event Organizers
If you submit a request for a volunteer from the Speakers Bureau to support your event or project, the RAINN Communications Manager will email survivors who fit the specified criteria about the opportunity. The email will include the direct contact information for the event organizer.
From there, interested survivors will contact the organizer directly if they wish to participate. RAINN recommends submitting requests for volunteers at least 4 to 6 weeks before the event is scheduled to take place. We ask that organizers respond to all survivors who reach out. If you have any other questions during the process, you can contact RAINN for support.
Email us at SpeakersBureau@rainn.org
Working together, we can help the public understand the full dimension of the sexual assault problem, and demonstrate that recovery is possible.