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Latest News| Jul 8, 2019

Rape Kit Law at Risk of Expiring Unless Congress Acts

The federal law that helps state crime labs test tens of thousands of rape kits every year, the Debbie Smith Act, will expire this fall unless Congress acts to renew it. Since 2005, there have been more than 455,000 matches of crime scene evidence to offenders’ DNA. Of these matches, 42 percent—more than four out of every 10—are the result of testing made possible by Debbie Smith Act grants.

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Jul 08, 2019

Closer Look: RAINN’s Victim Services Programs

In honor of RAINN’s 25th anniversary, each month we’ll be taking a closer look at the people and programs that are essential in our work to help survivors today and every day. This month, we’re shining a spotlight on RAINN’s victim services team.

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Jul 08, 2019

NLC Member Highlight: Peter Church

Each month, RAINN features 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 longtime supporter, Peter Church.

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May 03, 2019

Trauma and Mental Health

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. Mental Health Awareness Month this May is a time to reflect on how to support those in your life who experience difficulties with mental health, reduce stigma around seeking treatment, and advocate for equal access to care.

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Latest News | October 01, 2018
RAINN Hotline Helps Record Number of Survivors

Between Thursday, the day of the hearing, and Sunday, RAINN saw a 338 percent increase in hotline traffic. “History shows us that when high-profile allegations such as these are in the news it often causes others to reach out too. This story has clearly resonated with survivors, and has led...

Latest News | September 28, 2018
RAINN Grateful for Decision to Postpone Vote

"We are grateful for the decision to postpone the vote until the FBI can conduct a background check to investigate the allegations of sexual assault. The risks of a brief delay in a confirmation vote are far less than the risks of a lifetime appointment made in haste." - Jodi Omear, vice president...

Latest News | September 28, 2018
RAINN CALLS TO POSTPONE VOTE

"It is clear from yesterday’s hearing that a postponement of the vote is needed until the FBI reopens a background check to investigate the allegations of sexual assault. The risks of a brief delay in a confirmation vote are far less than the risks of a lifetime appointment made in haste." - Jodi...

Latest News | September 25, 2018
RAINN Statement on Cosby Sentence

The women who shared their stories in the Cosby trial and sentencing showed admirable courage and strength. We are grateful that the court understood the seriousness of Cosby’s crime and sentenced him to prison. Let’s hope that the legacy of this case is that victims feel empowered to come forward...

Latest News | September 17, 2018
RAINN Statement About Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Sexual assault is a crime, and every allegation should be thoroughly investigated. The allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are very serious. The Senate Judiciary Committee has a responsibility to hear from both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before voting on his nomination.

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