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Latest News| Jun 19, 2020

For Many Black Survivors, Reporting Raises Complicated Issues

According to Department of Justice statistics, Black girls and women 12 years and older experienced higher rates of rape and sexual assault than white, Asian, and Latina girls and women from 2005-2010. Not only do members of the Black communitty experience higher rates of sexual violence, but they often feel they have few options for seeking justice and help due to a number of widespread institutional and historical factors. “If I could say one thing to other Black survivors right now, it would be,’ You matter and there is help,’” said Sonya, survivor and RAINN Speakers Bureau member.

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Jun 19, 2020

Barriers to Reporting Sexual Violence in LGBTQ Communities

Members of LGBTQ communities in the U.S. face higher rates of sexual violence than the general population. While many survivors face barriers that may prevent them from reporting sexual violence, such as the fear of being judged or not believed, members of LGBTQ communities often face additional barriers to reporting or getting help. “No one should be denied access to these crucial resources because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Sorensen. “All survivors of sexual violence should have access to the support they deserve.”

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Jun 17, 2020

RAINN Shares Recommendations for Additional Police Reforms with Congressional Leadership

Black girls are disproportionately represented in juvenile justice data. According to research, “Black girls are 14% of the youth population, but are 33% of girls who are detained and committed. Seventy-six percent of justice-involved girls have physical and sex abuse histories.”As Congress considers police reform legislation, RAINN has urged House and Senate leaders to include a number of additional reforms to address issues that disproportionately impact Black victims of sexual violence. 

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Jun 19, 2020

Author of New Children’s Book on Healing and Exploring Identity

In the just-released children’s book, The Ship We Built, author Lexie Bean tells the story of a transgender boy, Rowan, learning to embrace his own identity while healing from child sexual abuse. Based on the author’s own experiences, The Ship We Built tells a tender and nuanced story that can help children—and people of all ages—understand their own identities and how they can support others who are discovering theirs while healing. RAINN’s Christy Rozek recently sat down (virtually) with Lexie to learn more about their story as a survivor and author.

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Latest News | May 18, 2018
Pitchfork Music Festival Teams Up with RAINN

RAINN and the Pitchfork Music Festival are working together to spread awareness of sexual assault and harassment and raise funds for survivors at the Pitchfork Musical Festival in Chicago on July 20-22 and through their network of 30 million followers.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trial is a Victory for Survivors

Following years of allegations of sexual assault, Bill Cosby has been found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault against Andrea Constand.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Survivors and Advocates Across the Country Join RAINN to Observe SAAPM

Every April, the country recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). This year, SAAPM took place amid a national conversation about sexual harassment and assault sparked by the #MeToo movement.

Latest News | April 30, 2018
Effects of Trauma on Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of Americans and their families feel the effects of trauma on mental health each year, and a portion of those people are survivors of sexual violence.

Latest News | April 26, 2018
Guilty Verdict in Cosby Trial

“RAINN is pleased with the jury’s decision in this case. There are many forces that discourage victims from reporting these crimes. Let’s hope the legacy of this case is that victims feel empowered to come forward, knowing that it can truly make a difference in bringing perpetrators to justice.” -...

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