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    Massachusetts state representative James Fagan generated public outrage with his recent comments. Fagan vowed to mercilessly cross examine child rape victims if the state legislature were to pass rigid mandatory sentences for child rape.

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    June 26, 2008 – (Washington, DC) – Today Congress took an important step in ensuring the safety of Americans aboard cruise ships with the introduction of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2008 in the U.S. Senate by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA).

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    June 19, 2008 - (Washington, DC) - Evelyn Fortier, RAINN's Vice President of Public Policy, testified today before a U.S. Senate panel at a hearing about crime on cruise ships. Fortier noted that sexual assault was the leading crime reported to and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the high seas over the last five years, and provided recommendations to Congress and the cruise industry...

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    June 12, 2008 – (Washington, DC) - The number of forcible rapes reported to police fell in 2007, according to preliminary statistics from the FBI. The report says that forcible rape reports fell 4.3% last year, substantially more than 1.4% decrease in violent crime overall and double the prior year’s decrease in rape reports.

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    April 10, 2008 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, issued the following statement today regarding the hearing on the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008 before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs: “The Debbie Smith Act is the most important anti-rape legislation that Congress has ever passed, and it will soon expire if Congress does not act.

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    April 9, 2008 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights hearing, chaired by Senator Bill Nelson, “Closing Legal Loopholes: Justice for Americans Sexually Assaulted in Iraq and Afghanistan”:

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    April 14, 2008 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization today launched a new service to provided help to over 1.2 million people through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE). Help is now also available through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at www.rainn.org. Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted.

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    March 13, 2008 – RAINN today released helpful safety tips for students traveling on spring break vacations. Being aware of possible risks is often the first step in staying safe, especially when in a new environment. "College women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group,” said Scott Berkowitz, president & founder of RAINN. “That's why it's so important that students are aware

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    March 5, 2008 — (Washington, DC) — RAINN has been recognized by the International Youth Volunteer Project, of the Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), for the volunteer opportunities presented by the new National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. The Innovation in Youth Volunteering project identifies and rewards innovation in youth volunteering worldwide.

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    November 14, 2007 – (Washington, DC) – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, has received the 2007 Technology Innovation Award from NPower, for the use of technology in the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. The NPower Technology Innovation Award recognizes nonprofits in the greater D.C. community whose innovative use of technology

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    April 2007 — RAINN recently partnered with a new national spokesperson, actress Christina Ricci, for a successful day of meetings with members of Congress to urge full funding for programs that serve sexual assault victims and help prevent sexual violence.During her visit to the nation's capital, Ricci and RAINN met with top lawmakers, including Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

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    April 24, 2007 — RAINN Speakers Bureau Member, Lindsay Young, was recently profiled in SavvyMiss as an "Ambitious Woman." Savvy Miss is a free website community dedicated to connecting, empowering, and informing women. Updated daily articles cover everything from dating, love and sex, to careers, fashion, health, beauty and much more.

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    August 28, 2006 — RAINN recently sent the following letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urging the fiscal support of the Sexual Assault Services Program. Below the letter from RAINN is a letter from Jessica McSparron-Bien, the Sexual Assault Program and Policy Coordinator of North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota.

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    August 15, 2006 — After months of development and working with experts such as McAfee, Verisign, AOL and KnowNow, the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline has begun its pilot phase. To gather information on usage patterns, scheduling needs and call times, RAINN is administering a pilot phase of the service. During this phase, the Online Hotline will only be available for a limited number of hours,

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    July 26, 2006 — RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) commends the U.S. Congress and the president for a vitally-needed new law that will crack down on 100,000 missing sex offenders and help keep the nation's children safe from predators. The measure, known as the "The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006" was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

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