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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 25, 2016
Survivor Story: Joe

Joe, a survivor of sexual abuse in early adolescence, speaks openly about the stigma associated with male survivors, living with mental health challenges, and the special love and support he found in his relationship with his pets.

Survivor Spotlight | April 19, 2016
Why I Run: Khadijah

The “Why I Run” Series is a three-part series featuring survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones who include physical fitness as part of their healing process. 

Latest News | April 16, 2016
RAINN Survivor Series

The RAINN Survivor Series, a new multimedia campaign in which seven survivors share their personal experiences with sexual assault, encourages those impacted by sexual violence to reach out for help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, available via phone (800.656.HOPE) and secure online...

Survivor Spotlight | April 08, 2016
Why I Run: Laurel

Laurel, a survivor of sexual assault, is just one of hundreds who will be hitting the road on May 21 to support survivors of sexual assault through Lace Up 4 RAINN, an annual 5k race hosted by RAINN. 

Survivor Spotlight | March 22, 2016
Survivor Story: Jeannette

Jeannette lived through a difficult and tumultuous childhood, including a father who began sexually assaulting her at a young age. As a member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau, she shares her story to create something positive out of what happened to her and to show other survivors that they are not...

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