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.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee this month invited Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president, to testify about the current state of efforts to help military service members and veterans who have been victims of sexual violence.
Before hundreds of soldiers in training at Fort Lee in Virginia, Mick Foley, a former WWE world champion, and now a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council and volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, spoke of the dire mental health effects that victims of sexual assault often face.
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