RAINN’s New App Offers Support Anytime, Anywhere

The just-released RAINN app offers survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones support, self-care tools, and information to help manage the effects of trauma.

“We’re so excited to offer this app as a new resource for survivors and their loved ones,” said Keeli Sorensen, vice president of victim services at RAINN. “And we’re so thankful for the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice, which recognized the urgent need of survivors and loved ones in accessing care and generously provided the funding to create this new tool.”

Through the app, users can access RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline via phone or online chat. The hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Users can also access the HelpRoom, an anonymous, moderated peer-to-peer chat for survivors who would like to discuss their healing and support others.

The app also contains a self-care section with a variety of exercises, supplied by Headspace and The Monday Campaign, to help users take a moment for themselves, as well as a mood tracker to help them reflect on how they’re feeling and figure out the best ways to care for themselves.

“We’re excited to have partnered with Headspace to offer science-backed guided meditation exercises and with The Monday Campaign on relaxing visuals that can help reduce stress,” adds Sorensen. “For a lot of folks, it can be important to know that you have relaxation and meditation techniques at the ready if you experience anxiety or are having trouble sleeping.”

The RAINN app also has dozens of articles with helpful information on sexual violence, finding and giving support, and healing. There is a survivor stories section, where members of the RAINN Speakers Bureau share their own stories of hope and healing.

“Anyone can use the app,” said Sorensen. “Whether you’re a survivor, a loved one looking to get support, or any person looking to learn more about how to prevent sexual violence and support survivors. We’re here for you.”

Just released, the app has already won accolades: Prevention magazine. has listed the RAINN app as one of the 15 best mental health apps of 2020.

The app is free and easy to download, just search “RAINN” in the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone or tablet.

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