The Significance of the NCAA Sanctions

RAINN's president and founder, Scott Berkowitz, discusses the NCAA sanctions on Penn State

NCAA president speaks at a press conference

"Others can better speak to the football pieces of today’s decision. However, I'm glad that the NCAA didn't focus just on punishment, rather on helping survivors and preventing future attacks. It is very significant that the NCAA paid attention to the impact this case has had on survivors across the country. RAINN is the largest provider of services to sexual assault survivors in the nation, and we were already running at full capacity before this story broke last fall. Since then, the number of people getting help from the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline ( is up 47%. There is clearly still an overwhelming demand from survivors who still need help."
— Scott Berkowitz, president and founder of RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,000 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than 1.7 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit

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