Thank You, Mick Foley!

World champion wrestler and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley is what some may consider an unlikely ally in the fight against sexual assault.

But this month, Foley inspired the WWE community to raise more than $144,000 for the National Sexual Assault Hotline through his annual Wrestlemania Sweepstakes. The fundraiser provided an opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip for two to Wrestlemania, an annual WWE event featuring the best of wrestling. To date, Foley and the wrestling community have donated more than $500,000 to support survivors of sexual assault.

Foley learned about RAINN in 2008 from singer-songwriter Tori Amos, whose music he listened to before some of his toughest matches. Foley quickly became one of the organization’s most dedicated supporters. In 2009, Foley began volunteering for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. He worked to provide one-on-one support to survivors, during the overnight shifts when the demand is at its highest. “I cannot think of a better way to spend a few hours a week than helping someone who needs RAINN’s services,” he says of his volunteer work. “Maybe I’m a father and a husband first, but I feel like I’m a RAINN volunteer before I’m a wrestler and before I’m a writer. It has become that important to me.”

In one of his first videos for RAINN, Foley shed light on his decision to get involved with RAINN: “The voices that spoke out about sexual violence were usually limited to women and victims or survivors. And although I knew that they would always be the most important voices, I just thought that there was a suspicious lack of male voices on the subject, and so I looked into ways to help a little more.”

Survivors of sexual assault continue to benefit from Foley’s commitment to the cause, and his enormous effort to bring awareness and support to the wrestling community, and the greater public. Join Mick in taking action to end sexual violence:

  • Donate. For every $42, one survivor receives the support they deserve through the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
  • Volunteer. Make an impact online or in your community.
  • Fundraise. Create your own fundraising campaign like Mick, and work to raise awareness and support for the cause in your community.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org, y en español: rainn.org/es.

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