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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Inc AKA RAINN

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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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with RAINN since September 2010. I am in the Navy stationed in the greater DC area. I have personally been affected by sexual assault and have gone through the process of healing. I have changed my major from education to psychology and am going to get my masters in social work. RAINN is a wonderful organization with an awesome mission. My work as a RAINN volunteer has not only alowed me to help alot of people start to heal, it also has helped me continue to heal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with RAINN on the online hotline is the most rewarding volunteer experience I've ever had.

I've worked with several non-profits over the past few years and RAINN is the only one that I have not become somehow disenchanted with. I truly believe that they are doing all that they can to provide the best services to the people they serve, and I feel that my work is appreciated and valued by the organization.

The online hotline is a brilliant service: I encounter so many people who don't have access to a phone, or are more comfortable typing than talking. The work can be challenging, but at the end of every session I know that I've helped someone get a little closer to getting their life back on track, a little closer to healing from incredible trauma. I'm grateful that RAINN has given me the opportunity to make such a difference in people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at RAINN for over a year now and it has been the most rewarding experience I've ever lived. Although recently I fractured my foot, ankle and toes and have been kept in bed for about 9 months and I truly miss the satisfaction I get from knowing I have helped a survivor by being there for him/her. I believe RAINN gives to the visitors a sense of knowing someone truly cares and that there is HOPE out there for them and that by contacting RAINN they find their little space of peace with people who truly care and give of their time for the benefit of others at the same time rewarding oneself with content and the power of knowing you've helped someone through a difficult time in their lives. I absolutely Love volunteering for RAINN and expect to continue after my full recovery of my left leg.

Marie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for RAINN's online hotline since October 2010. I spend about 8 hours a month helping people right from my home computer. It is an amazing experience. People have told me that I have saved their lives and have given them hope. It is an extremely powerful feeling to have a person tell you that you have radically benefited their life. RAINN's online hotline is a vital resource for those impacted rape & sexual assault. Being an online hotline volunteer is both personally rewarding and manageable for people with busy lifestyles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here! I have been for a few months now. I got to know a lot of people at the corporate office during my training, and they were all friendly, devoted people. I work in the online hotline, and all of the people I have met on there have also been fantastic people. The work is satisfying, and they have realistic expectations about what you can and can't do as a volunteer. I highly recommend this nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been doing volunteer work on the board of a nonprofit, and when I left, I decided I wanted to do more direct-service work. I also thought that I wanted to do some sort of online volunteer service. And, I had long wanted to help victims of sexual assault. I found RAINN through a Google search, and I knew immediately that it was the perfect fit for me. The training was superb, the people are phenomenal, and the Online Hotline is truly brilliant - they have thought of everything. I think the Online Hotline is one of the most innovative resources, and I especially love that they have partnered with the Department of Defense to make it available to service women and men. Serving as a volunteer on the Online Hotline is the most rewarding experience of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a survivor who has pretty much healed, I wanted to be able to help others, using my experience. I found this organization perfect as I work full time and being able to be home on the computer for an hour or two a few times a week is perfect. I think doing this work has helped so many people who had nowhere to turn. Just knowing they are talking to someone who understands really helps them. I've been told, "you are the first person I've ever told". What an honor that is! Then being able to give them some information in order to take some of their own power back is a great feeling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the first time in my life I feel like I'm actually doing something to help people. I'm cynical by nature and even though I love giving to charities and attending events, I am always skeptical of where my money goes because, let's be honest, people are corrupt. But working at RAINN enabled me to speak directly with victims and survivors of sexual assault and I was able to personally see the affect a kind, open-minded person can have on a traumatized individual. Not only did I feel like I was helping, but I KNEW I was helping.

Hilary M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for the Online Hotline and it has been a humbling and rewarding experience. RAINN does great work and offers support to both its users and its volunteers, which has made the experience much less overwhelming than I might have thought. I had previous experience and training with sexual assault response and victim support, but I had never done "direct service" with victims/survivors. The online training & the in-person training were very helpfu, but most importantly, the leaders of the training made it clear that I can call the office for support if I need it. They also have online forums and regular in-person social and training events so volunteers and can connect and share about their work.
I've found the online format to be a great way to reach out to people, as both the person seeking support and I have more time to formulate our thoughts. There are also volunteer supervisors on the hotline at all times if I have something tough to handle with a visitor.
I've been amazed that after each call, I've felt strong, not drained, because the people I'm talking to have moved towards (even if it's one small step), towards safety or healing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


To me, volunteering for the hotline is about connecting with people on a very human level – no matter where a visitor lives or what their background may be, I can provide compassion and support. So often when I interact with visitors, I feel humbled and inspired by their courage and resilience. I also love volunteering for an organization that is so compassionate, not only in terms of the resources for visitors, but also because I feel truly valued and supported as a volunteer. My overall experience has been challenging and rewarding, and I look forward to continuing to work with RAINN for a long time.