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    In a new RAINN web video, musician and activist Otep Shamaya shares her own childhood experiences and hopes to inspire her fans and other survivors to reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline for help.

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    March 11, 2010 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN, is pleased to announce the appointment of two prominent leaders to its board of directors. Cybele Daley, vice president of Van Scoyoc Associates and former Acting Assistant Attorney General, and Tracy Sefl, senior vice president of Navigators Global.

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    The film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo illustrates the real life effects of sexual violence and stresses the importance of getting help and accessing recovery resources.

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    In the wake of revelations that a superintendent of residential apartment buildings in New York City is a registered sex offender, RAINN spokeswoman Katherine Hull weighed in on the Today Show.

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    RAINN Speakers Bureau member Gregg Milligan last week made a brave appearance on The Oprah Show to speak about the physical and sexual abuse that he suffered at the hands of his mother.

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    RAINN this month sponsored a briefing for members of Congress and Congressional staff to hear from Rosemary Trible, a courageous survivor of rape and author of the new book Fear to Freedom.

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    Former WWE champion Mick Foley (aka Mankind, Cactus Jack), isn’t a man accustomed to losing. Now he’s found a new enemy, one even tougher than The Rock, whom Mick beat to win his first world championship. He has teamed up with RAINN to take on sexual violence.

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 12 percent of youth in state-operated and large locally- or privately-operated juvenile facilities reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another youth or facility staff.

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    Discovering that you are being stalked, either in person, online, or via technology, can be unnerving. Learning more about stalking behaviors can help you notice them before they escalate and help you protect yourself.

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    The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) recently completed a nine-month investigation into how colleges and universities respond to sexual assaults. The investigation revealed that sexual assault is common on college campuses.

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    The backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases is down sharply over the last five years. Still, a new Justice Department report and a major CBS News investigation demonstrate, tens of thousands of evidence kits remain unanalyzed — and the rapists in those cases remain free.

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    While this is an exciting time of year, sometimes taking days or weeks to prepare for, there are nonetheless risks involved when going out at night. Being aware of possible risks is often the first step in staying safe, especially when in a new environment!

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    Following Mackenzie Phillips' disclosure of her incestual relationship with her father, many survivors of sexual abuse and assault have been inspired to come forward and get the help they deserve.

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    Christina Ricci, RAINN’s national spokesperson, and Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president, spent the day meeting with some of RAINN’s key allies on Capitol Hill to discuss pending legislation to combat sexual violence. Congress will soon vote on crucial funding to expand the use of DNA in rape investigations and ensure that victims get the hotline and support services necessary to aid their recovery.

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    Christina Ricci headlined a RAINN fundraiser this month to ensure that the National Sexual Assault Hotlines can continue to provide free, confidential support for those in need. Rep. Jane Harman, who has helped lead Congress’ efforts to fight sexual assault in the military, was there to update RAINN’s supporters on the progress being made.

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