February 2013
RAINN Collaborates with Fox's Hit Show Bones

This month Fox's hit crime show, Bones, collaborated with RAINN for an important episode that involved drug-facilitated sexual assault. Fox also aired a PSA, by Bones star Emily Deschanel, encouraging viewers to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

In the episode, "The Friend in Need," the death of a teenager leads the Bones team to investigate a high-school party involving drugs and alcohol. In their quest to catch the killer, the FBI learns that murder was not the only crime committed that night.

The writer of this Bones episode, Dean Lopata, conducted extensive research for the development of the episode. He worked closely with Kate Hull, RAINN's vice president for communications, to develop an understanding of the aftermath of a sexual assault in order to create an accurate portrayal of the crime.

"The support and encouragement from RAINN was vital to the writing of this episode," said Lopata. "Considering a major segment of the Bones audience fits squarely in the most at-risk group — girls fifteen to nineteen years old — we all felt compelled to tell this story. If one girl who has been sexually assaulted sees the episode and gets help, the episode was worth it."

Read more about RAINN's collaboration with Bones.

Ricki Lake Show Partners with RAINN,
Profiles Survivors

In a special two-part series on sexual violence earlier this month, The Ricki Lake Show profiled four courageous members of RAINN's Speakers Bureau, highlighting how they survived — and thrived — in the years following their assaults.

Ricki Lake and Speakers Bureau members

In a special two-part series on sexual violence earlier this month, The Ricki Lake Show profiled four courageous members of RAINN's Speakers Bureau, highlighting how they survived — and thrived — in the years following their assaults.

Lake showed how each woman devoted time and energy to help her community and fight violence, from opening local rape crisis centers to working on national legislation to helping television shows accurately depict the crime.

RAINN spokesperson and actress KaDee Strickland also appeared, along with the survivor who inspired her portrayal of rape survivor Dr. Charlotte King on ABC's Private Practice, Joanie Stewart.

In PSAs aired during the shows, people who have been sexually assaulted were urged to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE or online.rainn.org.

Watch clips from the episodes here and here.

Read more about The Ricki Lake Show's two-part series on sexual violence.

RAINN Joins GLAAD to Counter Misinformation Before Boy Scouts' Decision
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RAINN this month joined GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and dozens of leaders in the mental health field to correct misinformation about the risk of gay men sexually abusing children. In an open letter to parents and educators, the experts noted that there is no link between gay people and the sexual abuse of minors.

The joint letter was released just before the Boy Scouts of America was set to announce a decision on whether to change its policy banning gay scout leaders; the Boy Scouts subsequently delayed that decision until May.

“Sexual orientation is not an indicator of whether or not someone will be a perpetrator. Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is no scientific basis for linking homosexuality with pedophilia. Gay people are no more likely to abuse or pose a threat to children than the general population,” said Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president.

Sexual abuse is a crime that affects tens of thousands of children each year. About one out of every six victims of sexual violence is under age 12, and nearly half are under 18.

RAINN in the News
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“Victims of sexual violence are different than others. Let’s take theft or burglary. Your body is actually the crime scene. It’s way more personal. It’s not like you can just buy a new car or move to a new house to escape those memories of what happened. That’s why sexual assault survivors really have to get help and make sure that they can start that healing journey to go on.” — RAINN’s Katherine Hull
in the Examiner

“For more support and information, you can check the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network hotline at rainn.org or by calling 800-656-4673. They now have an online hotline where you can chat with a counselor 24/7.” — Ask Amy

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“Kansas is among 10 states with limits of five years or less. About 20 states have no time limit for prosecuting rape, according to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.” — Associated Press

Senate Passes the Violence Against Women Act


The Senate this month voted to renew the landmark Violence Against Women Act, fulfilling the vow by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that  “the first legislation I plan to move in the new Congress is the Violence Against Women Act.”

“VAWA has helped reduce the level of sexual violence across the country, so it's crucial for Congress to renew it. The bill the Senate passed adds important new protections for victims and helps end the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases. We hope the House will quickly pass it as well," said Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president.

The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Sens. Leahy and Mike Crapo (R-ID), passed by a vote of 78-22. VAWA originally became law in 1994 but expired more than a year ago. The Senate vote sends the bill to the House for its consideration.

Sen. Leahy made one significant change to VAWA this year: he added the SAFER Act, which will help eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases.

The SAFER Act, sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) passed the Senate just after Christmas. Days later, the House passed an amended version of SAFER (sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe [R-TX] and Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]). But the vote came too late to reconcile its bill with the Senate before the 112th Congress adjourned.

Read more about VAWA and how to get involved.

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Keep Safety Top of Mind this Spring Break
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With spring break just around the corner, RAINN has released eight helpful safety tips for students headed to the beach or overseas or taking part in a service trip.

“While there is no surefire way to prevent a perpetrator from committing an act of sexual violence, there are some simple steps students can take to make their spring break both fun and safe,” said Katherine Hull, spokesperson for RAINN. “It’s important for students to be aware of possible risks, and know how and where to get help if they need it.”

See RAINN's eight Spring Break safety tips.

Spotlight on the Speakers Bureau: Winsome Alexander
Winsome Alexander

“Being a member of the RAINN Speaker's Bureau has opened a whole new world for me. RAINN is serious about supporting survivors of sexual assault and advocating on our behalf so that we get the justice we deserve. Rape recovery is no longer a journey anyone has to travel alone because RAINN is there to help.”

Learn more about becoming a member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau

Hotline Staffer Spotlight: Craig Sandler
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“The best part about working with the Online Hotline is that I can help to empower survivors who have been made to feel powerless. It is incredibly rewarding when, after helping a visitor through a crisis, they leave feeling capable. It takes so much courage to visit the Online Hotline in a crisis, and that’s the same sort of courage that leaves me feeling hopeful about their chance to heal.”

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