June 24, 2013 — Today, in the wake of a campaign that funded a “seduction guide” with tips on how to commit a sexual assault, RAINN launched an indiegogo campaign to prove that there are more people who want to fight sexual violence than there are who advocate for it.
In the last few days, RAINN has heard from hundreds of supporters outraged that 732 people funded the publication of the “how-to” guide on sexual assault. The guide’s “tips” included:
“Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
“Pull out your coc* and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dic*.”
These supporters asked us to use this moment to raise awareness and educate the public about the realities of this crime.
Glorifying sexual violence and giving advice on how to commit a sexual assault have no place in our society, online or off. The funds raised through this campaign will be used to invest in programs and initiatives to change the way Americans think about sexual violence and ensure that survivors get the help that they deserve via the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.
“Let’s put our energy towards survivors and turn outrage into action,” said Kate Hull, spokesperson for RAINN. “We urge our supporters to share this campaign via social media and get the word out that the people who take a stand against sexual violence out number those who condone it.”
Every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Since 1994, RAINN has helped more 1.8 million people take the first steps towards recovery through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org).
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than 1.8 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.