Degrassi Debut Leads to 500% Increase in Hotline Calls
RAINN partnered with Nickelodeon's teen network, The N, and its #1 show, Degrassi, for the season's premiere episode, dealing with the issue of child sexual abuse. Following the airing of the episode, "Jane Says," calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline increased 500%! In the episode, one of the main characters, Jane Vaughn, deals with the fact that her father sexually abused her as a child.
RAINN Speakers Bureau Member Featured in People Magazine
Holly Dunn Pendleton, a member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau, was featured in the "Heroes Among Us" section of the June 29, 2009 issue of People magazine. The article, "A Serial Killer's Sole Survivor," highlights Holly's path to recovery and empowerment after her attack.
Interested in reading about Holly's survival story?
Online Hotline Usage Doubles
The number of visitors helped by the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline has more than doubled in the past year. To meet this increased demand, RAINN has launched an updated version of the Online Hotline. OHL 2.0, as we call it, has new features, new information and resources for visitors, and tools that will help our staff and volunteers serve even more users.
Lawmakers Making a Difference
"Preventing sexual assault is an important cause that every American should learn more about and find ways to support. As the largest anti-sexual assault organization in America, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is an outstanding organization that helps millions of helpless victims through counseling for women and influencing policy and, as a member of Congress and an American, I am proud to support this compassionate program."
-- Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
"In addition to RAINN's outreach and education efforts to the general public, RAINN continues to be a trusted source of information and resources for members of Congress seeking to prevent sexual assault and strengthen laws against those that commit these heinous crimes. I also commend RAINN's continued service to victims of sexual assault through their National Sexual Assault Hotline. Having the ability to privately discuss such a personal and traumatic experience with trained professionals is the first step in a road to recovery for thousands of individuals."
-- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Attention Educators: Open Window Releases Study Guide
Are you looking for a film about sexual assault to discuss with your school, educational group, or family? Open Window, which debuted on Showtime, is a powerful film that inspires hope as it explores the effects of rape on survivors and their loved ones. Written and directed by Mia Goldman, the film is inspired by Goldman's own experience with sexual violence.
You can purchase the Open Window DVD and study guide; the producer will donate $2 to RAINN for every guide sold.
RAINN Volunteer Spotlight
Helping Survivors Find Their Voice
Lakeshia Bush: Volunteer for the Daybreak Rape Crisis Center in Anniston, AL, and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.
"I enjoy volunteering for RAINN because it allows me to become a listening ear for those who are in need. I love the idea of helping people from around the world and the fact that I can help change a life one person at a time."
Blog for RAINN
Do you have a passion for helping others through writing? If you have an online journal or blog, let your voice be heard and register for the Blogathon 2009!
Make your time online count by participating in a 24-hour blogging marathon to raise money and awareness for RAINN. Register by tomorrow to participate.
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