Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is an American nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization, the largest in the United States.[1] RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline, and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice through victim services, public education, public policy, and consulting services.[2]

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
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PurposeNational Sexual Assault Hotline, prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Area served
United States
Key people
Scott Berkowitz
Regan Burke
Christina Ricci
Tori Amos

RAINN was founded in 1994 by Scott Berkowitz. Tori Amos was the organization's first spokesperson.[3][4][5] Christina Ricci is the current national spokesperson and a member of its National Leadership Council.[6]

National Sexual Assault HotlineEdit

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free phone service that routes callers to the nearest local sexual assault service provider. More than 1,000 local partnerships are associated with RAINN to provide sexual assault victims with free, confidential services.[7] In the summer of 2006, RAINN received its one millionth caller[8] and it has helped over 2.5 million visitors since 1994.[9] Since 2008, RAINN has provided anonymous, on-line crisis support through its National Sexual Assault Online Hotline via instant messaging.[10]

Professional wrestler and writer Mick Foley is a member of RAINN's national leadership council and has worked as a volunteer on its online hotline. He became involved with the charity through his friendship with Tori Amos, his favorite musician.[11] During a 15-month period ending in April 2011, Foley logged more than 550 hours talking to victims online. The same month, he offered to mow anyone's lawn who donated up to a certain amount to the organization, saying, "If you want to help survivors of sexual assault, or just want to see a big guy with long hair mowing your lawn in front of your friends, please take part..."[12][13][14]


Every year, RAINN sponsors RAINN Day, a campaign geared toward raising awareness and educating students about sexual violence, bystander intervention, and recovery resources on college campuses. It used to be held in September[15], but as of 2018 will be held in April to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).[16]

Public PositionsEdit

RAINN has published press releases in support of multiple survivors facing media scrutiny, including Dr. Blasey Ford.[17] RAINN's president, Scott Berkowitz, has also issued multiple public statements, including his belief that arguing against the Keystone pipeline's expansion as a potential conduit of sexual violence is "unusual":[18]

I've not heard this one before as an argument against the expansion of commerce, said Scott Berkowitz, president of Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Workplace-related violence is not terribly unusual, but I think that as an argument for or against a pipeline it's a little unusual.

RAINN has also taken a position on Joe Biden's accuser. "We appreciate Vice President Biden finally addressing Tara Reade's allegations. These allegations deserve a rigorous investigation, and we urge Vice President Biden to release any and all records that may be relevant, including those housed at the University of Delaware, in addition to any Senate records housed at the National Archives. We urge him, his campaign, and former staff to cooperate fully and provide complete transparency." — Heather Drevna, vice president of communications, RAINN.[19]


In 2014, RAINN attracted controversy for its criticism of the phrase rape culture in its recommendations to a White House task force for addressing sexual assault on college campuses.[20][21][22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Resource List: RAINN: Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network". Stop Abuse For Everyone. 2005-01-05. Archived from the original on 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  2. ^ "About RAINN". RAINN. 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^ "Reminder: Make a contribution to RAINN in honor of Tori's 40th birthday!". 20 August 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Amos still displaying her ivory powers". CNN. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  5. ^ Jay S. Jacobs (2006). Pretty Good Years: A Biography of Tori Amos. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 56. ISBN 1-4234-0022-4.
  6. ^ "Leadership And Governance". RAINN. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  7. ^ "National Sexual Assault Hotline". RAINN. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  8. ^ "RAINN Commemorates One Million Callers to the National Sexual Assault Hotline". RAINN. September 6, 2006. Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  9. ^ ""About RAINN"". RAINN. 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  10. ^ Kornblum, Janet (April 14, 2008). "More Abuse Victims Able to Get Help Online". USA Today. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  11. ^ Foley, Mick (28 September 2010). "The Wrestler and the Cornflake Girl". Slate. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Mick Foley Launches #10forRAINN Twitter Challenge, Matching Donations to $10,000; RAINN's Newest Board Member also Hotline Volunteer and Donor".
  13. ^ Watch Mick Foley's Appearance On CNN Headline News Discussing RAINN Archived April 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Mick Foley's #10forRAINN Campaign | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Archived April 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ ""Who is RAINN and what is RAINN day?"". National Runaway Safeline. 2017.
  16. ^ ""RAINN Day"". RAINN. 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  17. ^ {{Cite web}url=https://www.rainn.org/articles/rainn-statement-kavanaugh-vote%7Ctitle="RAINN Statement on Kavanaugh Vote"|last=|first=|date=2018|website=RAINN|access-date-2019-11-04}}
  18. ^ McMorris-Santoro, Evan (2014). ""Native American Activists Argue Feds Building Keystone Will Lead To Rape"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  19. ^ RAINN.org
  20. ^ Amanda Marcotte (March 18, 2014). "RAINN Denounces, Doesn't Understand the Concept of "Rape Culture"". Slate. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  21. ^ Jessica Valenti (March 28, 2014). "Why we need to keep talking about 'rape culture'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  22. ^ Maddie (March 26, 2014). "RAINN's Recommendations On Protecting College Students from Sexual Assault Fight Violence with Violence". Autostraddle. Retrieved 2019-02-16.

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