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Nonprofit Overview

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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Natasha H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kendra E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RAINN is available 24/7 and I know it's a great place to talk. Since I don't know the person I'm talking to I don't feel like I will be judged. You will never talk to this person again. It's great to get things off your chest whenever you want. The only thing that I would possibly change is when you use the online could they ask a question on which gender you would like to talk to...I still get scared talking about my story to males. Just a suggestion. Other than that a great resource for survivors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAINN has helped me through a hard time and I am grateful to them all. I remember the sleepless nights that I once endured but thanks to RAINN's online hotline, I found relief.

Cindi S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you, RAINN, for all services you provide and for truly caring and being there to help. This is crucial.

Tina S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAINN is an incredible organization. I wish we didn't need them, but we do and they are a wonderful service for those in need. I really like how RAINN is so connected with society, they have innovative ways to get the word out about their services, and they allow people to support in many ways that allow the volunteer to put in however much energy that they want to and the volunteer is free to personalize their efforts.

Lexie R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have friends who were raped or sexually abused. It can be hard to know how to help them or know what to say. One thing I never fail to mention is RAINN. Your organization does wonders for survivors. I have never gotten a bad review. I have taken up the role of being a RAINN advertiser. I mention the charity on a daily basis both in person and on social networking sites. I also make a monthly donation. Would I do that for a charity I disliked or had bad experiences with? RAINN is a big part of my life and I am honored to say that. I only wish I could do more! Keep up the hours work! By the way... I love the online hotline idea!! Amazing!