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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 | April 19, 2018
Google Partners with RAINN on Me Too Rising

RAINN is once again partnering with Google to ensure that survivors of sexual violence get the support they need and deserve through the National Sexual Assault Hotline and rainn.org.

Latest News | April 03, 2018
RAINN Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2018

This April, individuals and communities across the country are recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (#SAAPM) and taking the RAINN Pledge.

Latest News | March 16, 2018
Additional Victims to Testify in Cosby Trial

RAINN celebrates the decision to let five more victims testify against Bill Cosby in his upcoming trial.

Latest News | March 05, 2018
Self-Care Tips for Survivors

Frequent exposure to sexual violence in the news can present particular challenges to survivors. It is important for survivors to remember that if they ever feel uncomfortable, it is always fine to turn off the TV, walk out of a movie theater, or avoid checking social media.

Latest News | March 05, 2018
DoD Safe Helpline Launches Two New Self-Paced Education Programs

Department of Defense Safe Helpline is excited to introduce two new anonymous, online, self-paced education programs, How to Support a Survivor and Safe Helpline 101 to support loved ones and friends of survivors and the service providers who work with them.

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