Halloween is an exciting time of year, sometimes taking days or weeks to prepare for. But sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity, and Halloween celebrations can present additional risks and potentially dangerous situations.
RAINN Online Hotline Volunteer, Mick Foley, talks about his mission to help victims of sexual violence. "I cannot think of a better way to spend a few hours a week than helping someone who needs RAINN's services," he says.
RAINN, along with hundreds of colleges and universities all over the country, is celebrating RAINN Day, the annual grassroots campaign to raise awareness and fight against sexual violence on college campuses.
The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act, introduced in Congress, “will lead to testing more DNA evidence and taking more rapists off our streets, says RAINN president Scott Berkowitz.
The SAFER Act will help end the backlog of untested DNA evidence by providing crucial data on the number of unsolved rapes cases awaiting testing and establishing better standards for the tracking, storage and use of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases.
College age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group, and the majority of rapes are committed by someone who the victim knows. Being aware of potentially dangerous situations and knowing what to do will reduce the risk of sexual assault and maximize students’ safety.
Cruise passengers are one step closer to enjoying a safe vacation, thanks to the enactment of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. The bill, which RAINN worked on for several years, was signed this week by President Barack Obama.
Sixteen years ago this week, RAINN’s founder, Scott Berkowitz, stood beside musician Tori Amos, RAINN’s first spokesperson, as she dialed 1-800-656-HOPE, making the ceremonial first call. With that, the National Sexual Assault Hotline was launched.
RAINN’s Technology Access Project (TAP), launched last year, provides free websites, technology help and web content to hundreds of local rape treatment centers. More than 100 centers now rely on RAINN to provide these services.