RAINN Statement on NFL’s Decision to Appeal Watson’s Six-Game Suspension

Washington, D.C. - RAINN released the following statement after the NFL announced it will appeal Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Watson:

“We are pleased that the NFL has decided to appeal Deshaun Watson’s suspension. While no disciplinary action will undo the trauma inflicted by Watson, a suspension of at least one year will send a strong message that his actions have no place in the NFL, or in our society. We are hopeful that Commissioner Goodell will make the right call.” - Scott Berkowitz, president, RAINN.

RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline offers free, confidential, 24/7 support at 800.656.HOPE (4673) and online.RAINN.org.



RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, help organizations improve their sexual assault prevention and response programs, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, free, confidential help is available 24/7 by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visiting online.rainn.org.

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