RAINN is One of the Largest Anti Sexual Violence Organizations

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and works to change attitudes, teach self-defense, prevent abuse, and ultimately end sexual violence. RAINN operates an online hotline that provides live, confidential support to victims of sexual assault via the telephone or the internet.

The support moves to a live advocate if it is determined that the caller needs immediate medical attention. The hotline offers free services and can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) via call or chat.

RAINN partners with colleges and universities to offer educational programs to provide students with information about sexual assault prevention. On its website, RAINN publishes a “Clery Center for Security On and Off Campus” report that outlines recommendations for preventing crimes, including rape, stalking, and battery, from occurring on college campuses. Moreover, it offers grants and resources for universities to use to assist in preventing sexual violence among students on campus.

RAINN has also partnered with the FBI and Department of Justice to address the prevalence of rape among women in the military. In November 2015, it published a report that included recommendations for addressing sexual violence and rape in the military. One of its recommendations was for an independent oversight system to investigate sexual assault claims throughout all Department of Defense units.

RAINN hosts several awareness events each year, including Wearable White, which takes place in April. Over two hundred celebrities –including American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, Former WNBA player Candace Parker, and actress Kristen Bell – have worn white T-shirts with “What Will YOU Do?” as a sign for sexual violence prevention. RAINN also hosted an annual fundraising event in Washington, D.C., attended by former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden in 2015. The organization is also a corporate sponsor of the Georgia Aquarium’s Ring Of Hope, which consists of nearly 2,000 yellow rubber bracelets with the phrase “Stop Rape.”

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