Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice


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Sexual Assault on Campus:
A Frustrating Search for Justice

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CPI
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) recently completed a nine-month investigation into how colleges and universities respond to sexual assaults. The investigation revealed that sexual assault is common on college campuses and that victims who try to report the crime are often forced to submit to closed hearings that are cloaked in secrecy. This culture of secrecy often leads colleges to report inaccurate statistics about sexual violence on their campuses.

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Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
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Earlier this month, ABC News aired a story about male survivors of sexual abuse. The story featured Gregg Milligan, an incest survivor and member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau. The story chronicled his sexual abuse, which began at the age of four. Gregg was molested by his mother and by men that she invited into their home. He has written and published a memoir, Beautiful World, about the abuse and his own recovery.
Statistics about male sexual abuse were included in the ABC News story: Jennifer Wilson, RAINN's hotline program director, pointed out that about 10 percent of all crisis calls to the RAINN's hotline are from males. "This crime is hard to track because people just don't share it with law enforcement," Wilson told ABC News. read more

Rape is No Joke
US WeeklyRAINN commented on Sofia Vergara's "joke" about rape in the December 7th issue of US Weekly: "Rape is not a laughing matter," said RAINN. Vergara's jest that she "was raped" took place on ABC's The View during repartee about how Vergara could have an 18-year-old son yet look so young.


Lawmakers Making a Difference

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Congressman Ruppersberger"I am proud to have secured federal funds to help RAINN connect with victims of sexual abuse and violence. Often, these victims do not know where to turn for help and the people at RAINN are there to offer them instant care, support and hope amid a horrific crisis."

~ Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

Ros-Lehtinen"I salute RAINN for the national leadership role it has taken in support of the victims of sexual assault. Their everyday work makes a huge difference in the lives of people who, more often than not, have no voice and who struggle daily with the atrocious acts committed against them. There is no place in today's society for sexual assault or abuse, but unfortunately they take place, so we are fortunate to have an organization such as RAINN ready to take the lead and make a difference. Without a doubt, their yeomen's work is critical and important to the victims they so honorably help."

~ Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)



RAINN Volunteer Spotlight

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Helping Survivors Find Their Voice
Rob Zorella
Rob Zorella: Volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
"I work freelance, so I usually have a decent amount of downtime between jobs, and it was during one of these periods that I learned about RAINN. I work in the TV/film industry, so I couldn't exactly be accused of a life of civil service. Becoming a volunteer for RAINN wasn't necessarily because I felt some sort of calling to do better and be better, but it was a sense that I wanted to try something new, learn a new skill, and feel like I was helping people. And it was worth it. It's sobering to hear some of the stories you hear — and you realize why the hotline is important. It gives people an avenue to talk and get help who normally wouldn't be able to."
Learn more about Volunteering for RAINN read more


In this holiday season, we want to especially thank all of RAINN's volunteers and supporters. With your help, we are making a difference in the fight against sexual violence. With your continued support and activism this coming year, we will continue to make progress in preventing sexual assault and provide vital recovery resources to survivors.
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