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Causes: Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Sexual Assault Services

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.

Programs: Rainn operates the national sexual assault hotline (800. 656. Hope) and the national sexual assault online hotline (a secure web-based support hotline at online. Rainn. Org). Rainn also operates the dod safe helpline, services for members of the us military affected by sexual assault, through a contract from the department of defense. All services are provided free to victims of sexual assault. In addition, rainn provides training, consulting and certification services for companies, organizations and government agencies addressing sexual assualt prevention and response.

public education: rainn educates the public about sexual violence, working with national media and the entertainment industry to ensure that accurate information is communicated. The organization also operates rainn. Org and social media platforms to provide information and referrals and engage with survivors, loved ones, the media and others. Through an annual college program and other community activities, rainn also recruits, trains and mobilizes volunteers to teach at-risk populations about sexual assault prevention and recovery.

public policy: rainn analyzes, develops and promotes public policy changes to improve the criminal justice system, bring more rapists to justice, help victims, and reduce the incidence of sexual violence.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

oliweb812

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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***

Amanda50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Talking about It

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being abused from age 5 to 15. I attempted suicide at age 10 not understanding what suicide was but knowing the pain, feeling the pain and wanting it to stop, I felt if I jumped out of my bedroom window it would all be over. The neighbor across the street saw me and ran to my house and told my mother I was outside on the roof. My step-father, beat me, raped me on a regular basis, I gave birth to a child and he and my mother raised that child. As an adult, I suffered great depression, self-love. My hope was faith. I got up one day and got help counseling, which was the best thing I could have done for my sanity. I knew others like me exsisted and wanted to help. I joined RAINN's speakers bureau first, they equipped me with everything I needed to reach out and help empower others. I am also a RAINNmaker, helping raise money for survivors, RAINN is the outlet I use to give support, give strength and turn victims into SURVIVORS like me. NOW I stand tall and soar like an eagle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a RAINN volunteer is an amazing experience. You receive excellent training and supervision and are connecting with people in genuine distress, which is incredibly challenging but very meaningful and important work. I feel like being a RAINN volunteer is one of the most important things I do, even though it's only 8 hours a month, because you are helping to empower people and sometimes to even save their life.

Laurel R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Cutting edge technology, a wealth of information and expertise from all the employees, and a wonderful spirit of indomitable spirit among the volunteers. I have been volunteering as an online hotline volunteer for over two years, and it has been a wonderful experience.

Seema G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with the hotline since February 2010 and my experience so far has been great. It's been great being able to help people who have been affected by rape, abuse, and incest either as a victim or knowing someone who was.

I am really glad they have been able to expand their service to the military in a safe non-threatening environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAINN is a fantastic organization and I am so honored to be a part of it. I have had the opportunity to really feel that people are being helped by this organization because of it's anonymity and because of the caring people who are involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAINN serves as an awesome opportunity to give back to survivors and victims of sexual assault. I love when a visitor says, "thanks, you've helped me" or "I feel better now." It makes me feel good that I made a difference. RAINN is truly awesome!!!