Key Federal Laws
RAINN works with a range of policy makers and influencers to pass key federal laws and educate the public about how these laws facilitate justice for survivors of sexual violence. Learn more about how these federal laws allocate funds, establish protections, and work to prevent sexual violence.
The Debbie Smith Act creates the primary program to end the backlog of untested and unanalyzed DNA evidence.
The SAFER Act supports efforts to audit, test, and reduce the backlog of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases and bring perpetrators to justice.
VOCA helps victims deal with the tangible costs of surviving a crime, such as medical bills, counseling services, and lost wages.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex by educational institutions that receive federal funding.
The Clery Act requires greater transparency and timely warnings from colleges and universities about crimes that are committed on campus, including crimes of sexual violence.
Campus SaVE amends the Clery Act amends the Clery Act t increase transparency requirements for colleges, guarantee rights for survivors, establish disciplinary proceedings, and require education programs.