Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Inc AKA RAINN

Rating: 4.64 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 2000 L St NW Suite 406 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at online.rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

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As a child I'd spent 9 years in an atmosphere of physical, mental and sexual abuse. As an adult, recreated that chaos and chose partners who affirmed my own self-loathing. I fell deep into addictions and constantly let my guard down while drunk or "relaxed" on Rx meds. During the seventh year of my marriage, I became pregnant by a man that was not my husband during such a time. My husband and his family told me that I had to choose between my unborn son and my children. Though it broke my heart, I decided to give him up for adoption. Shortly after that, I left my husband. Over the years, beginning from the end of my marriage in my late 20's and ending the last time when I was 39, I was raped four times -- that I can remember. I believe there were other times, but I have no proof because I was passed out. I was a single mom of three during this time. When I was 35, one of those rapes resulted in a pregnancy. I chose to place my child for adoption, and the grief from this increased my Rx drug and alcohol use. I was very careful to drink and use when my kids spending weekends with their dad. Years later, when I got my 1-year sobriety coin, they told me they never knew I had a substance abuse problem. I went to work, did what had to be done, but finally it all fell apart. After 16 years on my own, in six months I fell in love and got married. Not long after I discovered he was the worst abuser of my life. His abuse caused me to lose my sixth child in my seventh month of pregnancy, only a year and a half after I'd given up my daughter for adoption. Not long after my son died, this man tried to molest my teenage daughter. His excuse: It was my fault his son died. I immediately -- the same night -- kicked him out of my house. He began threatening me, broke into my house, threatened to kill me, left notes on our son's grave and stalked me to every job I found, quit, and found again. I finally became so overwhelmed by fear and anxiety that I ran to the other side of the country. I took only my youngest son. While I ran from one ex- the other ex, the kids' dad, sold what I believed was my house. He'd never put my name on it though a judge, because of over $9k in back support, had ordered him to do so. He also dumped all my furniture and everything I owned on the curb for the trash and anyone who wanted it to take. Then he found my friend's ex-husband to represent him to get custody. This man had a score to settle with me as well. I'd tried to help his ex-wife defend his own bid for custody after she found him in their bed with his secretary. After she had to spend nearly a quarter million dollars in lawyers fees, and after over two years of this attorney's tricks, she gave up and he got full custody. She'd been a stay-at-home mom and loved by all who knew her. I knew that with zero money I had no chance against my ex with this man representing him. So after 16 years, I did not contest his bid for custody. I knew our children would once again be the ones to pay. My oldest son was in 8th grade, and my daughter a senior in high school. This was a terrible time to have everything torn away from them, but their father cared for nothing but revenge. We lost everything. Two years later at age 39, I was raped by a long-time "friend" at a party. When I recovered the next day, I knew I had to get help. I went to my first AA meeting the next day. After I became clean and sober, I looked for help. I found RAINN and they put me in touch with a free service in my town. My counselor is a beautiful person and she helped me find my way out of the worst darkness. It is my life's goal to continue my volunteer work helping women and children in DV shelters and to pay RAINN back as a RAINNmaker for the rest of my life. I have forgiven every one of my abusers after many years of deep soul work. I am not the same person I used to be. I love my life and am grateful for every day. If not for RAINN's 800 number that was so easy to remember all those years ago, and their compassion and just being there, I don't think I'd be alive today.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was my first semester of college, only being there three months, I have made only a handful of friends. My roommate and I decided to go up to my friends dorm room, he was have a couple people over so we thought it would be fun to check out. Everyone had left except for myself, I decided to help my friends clean up. One of my "friends" who lived in the room was starting to flirt with me, which I didn't mind so my other "friend" who lived there decided to leave to give us some privacy that we didn't need. I found myself being dominated by my "friend" who had held me down and raped me. As I was telling him to stop his roommate and my "friend" came into the room while I was telling him this and he proceeded to do nothing. He finally stopped and I was able to get back to my room. Over the next week I found myself extremely depressed, lost all motivation and when my friends would ask me what happened I would just break down and cry. I was just unable to talk about it aloud and with the lack of privacy I had I felt like there was nowhere to turn. This is when I came across RAINN. They have a service where you can talk to someone online, just like you are talking to a friend on the internet. I told them every detail of the incident, told them what I was feeling, everything. It has been just over a year now since the incident and I believe without RAINN I would not be alive today to speak about how much they truly changed my life around, give me my power back as a woman and be able to come out as a stronger person.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I selected general member of the public but consider myself a volunteer of RAINN. I first ran across RAINN in the early stage when internet usage was expenses. However, the information I found helped me journey toward being a productive person. I am a rape surivor and struggled with dealing with it because I was not getting the correct counsel. I started reading RAINN website and utilized the tools and resources listed on the site. I took the online training tools and over time became empowered as I realized my story was just one of many. I never called the Hotline but I knew it was there. I returned to the site often for updates and kept abreast with all the latest news and actions. Finally I sought out how to volunteer and was given the name of nearest sexual assault center in my area. I contacted them and have been active with volunteering with them. I think this is over all the best site because it covers three major areas that it hard for some to discuss. There help if one wants it but also information for those wanting to help. I have referred many individuals and feel next to 911 it should be the number one resource everyone should know. I am a RAINN Maker and could not image the volunteer outreach I do now without RAINN. I talk to so many who do not want to speak with a counselor and I always encourage them to go to the website and many of them have told me they did. No one will ever know how many people the site actual help. I have printed screen shots and shared which has helped and many last minute presentation have been saved by getting the most current and up to date stats. I can't say enough about how it helped me and equip me to help empower other.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am on the RAINN Speakers Bureau and I enjoy being part of RAINN. I am a survivor of childhood molestation and I was silent for over ten years. I started speaking out last year in April 2011. I found RAINN through The Joyful Heart Foundation. I am grateful for RAINN because of the Online Hotline. I use them on occasion. I am grateful to have a place where I can find hope and peace. RAINN helps so many survivors. I thank you RAINN for all you do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I belong to an organization called R.A.I.N.N. - Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network, which focuses on raising sexual awareness for children, teens, adults, women & men. Dealing with rape & incest issues is widespread throughout our country. Having a personal story, and being a survivor, I will present to audiences, ways in which rape, date rape and incest can be prevented. R.A.I.N.N. has many speakers which travel to different states, and within communities to spread the good news of survival and tactics, and help other victims through a painful experience, that will help them over come their ordeal. I am so grateful that I have been doing presentations for not only R.A.I.N.N, but for myself as well. ***This is my passion and my calling*** I recently did a presentation at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where I compiled a powerpoint presentation on sexual awareness. I was very informative and detailed. I also am a professional Certified Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor-CASAC with a B.S. in Human Services & Mental Health Management. I will continue to venture out to more facilities, colleges, hospitals and churches as well as schools in the Tri -State and surrounding areas. ( NY, NJ, Ct.. ,Pa.,and Md. ***I want to thank R.A.I.N.N for being in existence***

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer on the RAINN Online Hotline and it has been the best volunteer experience I have EVER had (and that's saying a lot, because my program in undergrad had a strong basis in community service so I have a lot of volunteer experiences). The training was very thorough and well-organized, and I found the group of volunteers with whom I trained to be a great source of motivation and support. Now that I am past training and actually volunteering, I am so incredibly grateful for the supervisors on the Online Hotline, who constantly provide me with feedback and help with difficult calls. They are some of the most encouraging and knowledgeable individuals with whom I've worked. Whether it is simply saying "you did a great job today" or offering me suggestions for handling difficult calls, I sincerely appreciate their assistance and dedication. Other volunteer support services include a newsletter and monthly online inservice. I find both of these resources incredibly helpful for staying up-to-date, having issues addressed/questions answered, etc. Volunteering itself has been a truly amazing and humbling experience. I am so incredibly moved by the survivors' stories, honored that they are sharing them with me, and grateful when I am able to provide them with some help, whether it's just listening to their story or helping them find concrete resources. It is by far the most satisfying volunteer experience I've had. I love doing it and I look forward to participating for years to come.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just wanted to say how great i think RAINN are. Not only do they provide a great service of support for survivors like myself to go to when we need help, but they also reassure us that we are not alone and it is never too late to get help. I use RAINN's hotline when i need a reminder of this because they always make me feel supported and are great at what they do. Thank you RAINN!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am Natasha and I am a supporter to RAINN. When i first heard about them i did not know much about the organization, but when i went to their website i was immediately impressed by how it caught my eye. As a survivor myself, i am pleased to feel like i can get help thanks to RAINN's website. I love the idea of being able to talk to someone on the 24hour hotline because it does not matter where you are in the world, you can always get help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

tallking with someone on the online hotline from their organization, and write comments on thier facebook page.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I actually can't think of any right now but if i do i will let them know.

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RAINN provides a wonderful volunteer experience. The staff is incredibly encouraging and helpful. You receive a lot of training and supervision. While this work can be difficult, it is rewarding. Plus, with the emphasis that RAINN places on self care, you learn how to manage difficult sessions and learn how to identify when you are getting too involved with a specific chat. After you complete training, the time commitment is only 8 hours a month which you can do on your own time at literally any hour of the day. My experience with RAINN has been nothing but positive. If you are looking for a place to volunteer with that will really make you feel the direct impact of your work, RAINN is the place to go.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a visitor to the hotline come on distressed and in crisis, and leave feeling a sense of hope and relief.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More volunteers are definitely needed

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Met a lot of new friends during training, has strengthened my ability to listen and problem solve.

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Rating: 2 stars  

I found the service was terrible. I ordered Kung Pao Chicken, and a soda, and they kicked me out! I then called in and asked them to deliver, and they refused! I'm outraged! Never coming back in here again!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am offering a suggestion. The justice department should tatoo the letters "CM" on the foreheads of child molesters, and drop them off in any one of America's most violent neighborhoods. In those kind of places, the locals hate child molesters with a passion because any man could be the father of any child there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've had no personal need. I found RAINN by viewing the cast for the movie, Alpha and Omega. The website mentioned the actor who did the voice for the charactor, "Lily" was a spokesperson for RAINN.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. You people have a good organization as it is.

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