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Latest News| Apr 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update: RAINN is Here for Survivors

As each us face the many ways COVID-19 has affected our communities and everyday lives, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that RAINN continues to be here to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, no matter what. We know that this is a difficult time, and that uncertainty and feeling a lack of control over our lives may feel especially overwhelming for survivors of sexual violence already coping with trauma and stress. If you need to talk, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available at 800.656.HOPE or online.rainn.org. As always, services are free, confidential, and 24/7. Whether you’re a survivor or a loved one, we're here for you.

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Apr 21, 2020

RAINN Releases Resources for Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence in Temporary Medical Facilities During COVID-19

RAINN today shared with government agencies at the federal, state and local levels a new checklist of considerations for preventing and responding to sexual violence as they build and manage temporary medical facilities related to COVID-19. RAINN has created a central hub of guidance documents from leading experts with COVID-19-specific protocols for investigators, prosecutors, courts, and public officials. The guidance covers issues such as investigating sexual assault; forensic interviews for abused children; and ensuring the continuity of services such as sexual assault forensic exams during coronavirus-related closures.

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Apr 16, 2020

For the First Time Ever, Minors Make Up Half of Visitors to National Sexual Assault Hotline

In March, as shelter-in-place orders were implemented across the country, for the first time ever, half of the victims receiving help from the National Sexual Assault Hotline were minors. “Unfortunately for many, and especially for children experiencing sexual abuse, ‘stay at home’ doesn’t mean ‘safe at home,’” said Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president. Of minors who discussed coronavirus-related concerns, 67% identified their perpetrator as a family member and 79% said they were living with that perpetrator. 

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Apr 02, 2020

RAINN Working to Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19 Crisis

RAINN is working with state agencies to address emergency preparedness and response measures for survivors of sexual violence, particularly children, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During natural disasters and in conflict zones, the prevalence of sexual violence increases,” said Camille Cooper, RAINN’s vice president of public policy. “There are so many things we need to consider in this crisis to ensure that we’re doing all we can to prevent sexual violence and appropriately respond when it does happen.”

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Latest News | February 24, 2020
RAINN Statement on Weinstein Verdict

“We are grateful that Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty and will be punished for at least some of his crimes. We thank the survivors for their strength and resilience in the face of appalling treatment by the defense, which attempted to shift blame to anyone but Weinstein, the perpetrator. We...

Latest News | February 20, 2020
Tina—The Tina Turner Musical Event Benefits RAINN

Anna Wintour and the creators of Broadway’s TINA—The Tina Turner Musical hosted a cocktail reception to benefit RAINN on January 31. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s performance of the musical—which tells the story of Tina Turner’s triumphs despite her experience of intimate partner...

Latest News | February 19, 2020
RAINN Supporter on What Parents Need to Know

Each month, RAINN highlights a member of its National Leadership Council (NLC). The NLC is a group of dedicated individuals who have shown their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors and ending sexual violence. This month we checked in with E. Desiree Asher, board member of the...

Latest News | January 31, 2020
Making New Connections Through Dating Apps? Tips to Stay Safe this Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, some of the 40 million Americans who use online dating services or dating apps will be looking to make new connections. Whether meeting someone online or off, it’s good to keep safety in mind. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, including those who meet through...

Latest News | January 30, 2020
Interview with Award-Winning Journalists on New Larry Nassar Book

In the just-released, Start by Believing, Peabody Award-winning investigative journalists John Barr and Dan Murphy take a deep-dive into the largest sexual abuse scandal in American sports history, perpetrated by Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. We sat down with the authors to learn more...

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