Tuesday, November 24, 2009

RAINN: CBS Investigation Points to Rape-Kit Chaos


Another Reason for Year-End Giving

The holiday season is always a good time to make a tax-deductible donation to RAINN. But this year there are twice as many reasons to make your donation before the end of the year:
From now until December 31, your tax-deductible donation to RAINN will be automatically matched, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000!

That means that if you donate, say, $100, another donor has agreed to match your gift so that RAINN receives $200.
Make a lasting difference in twice as many lives, and spread hope this holiday season (and remember, it's tax deductible).

Join RAINN on Facebook Causes

RAINN has a new Facebook Cause calling generations young and old to join in the fight against sexual violence! Now the tools are available for any and all Facebook users to gather their network of friends and affect positive change.

Facebook Causes

With a little passion and initiative, you can recruit your friends into our Cause, keep up-to-date on issues and media related to the Cause, and most importantly, raise money directly for RAINN.
Join RAINN's Facebook Cause now!



CBS News Investigates Rape-Kit Backlog

Rape-Kit BacklogWith this month's CBS News investigation into unprocessed rape kits, DNA has been back in the news in a major way. Since 2001, RAINN has led the national effort to eliminate the backlog of DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases, which once stood nationally at nearly a quarter of a million unprocessed kits. While our legislative victories, most notably the Debbie Smith Act, have greatly reduced the backlog and led to identifying the perpetrators of thousands of violent crimes, much more work needs to be done to ensure justice for victims nationwide.
The CBS News story dramatically illustrated this point, revealing that authorities in 12 major cities do not even know what percentage of rape kits in storage remains unexamined.
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NonProfit Shopping Mall

Good news, shoppers: Hundreds of online retailers are donating a portion of your purchase to your favorite charity, RAINN! Between one and eight percent of your purchase price, depending on the retailer, will be donated to RAINN. And it won't cost you a cent to participate. Here's how it works:
  1. Go to RAINN's shopping HQ, http://shop.rainn.org/shop
  2. Click on your favorite retailer out of the hundreds listed.
  3. Shop for all the things you would normally buy, from the brands you normally choose, for the prices you would normally pay.
With over 250 stores to choose from, you will find everything you need on your list from clothes to electronics to office supplies at stores like Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Amazon, Macys, iTunes, Netflix, Telefora, Target, Best Buy, and many more! You can even book your holiday getaway from Expedia, Hotels or Hotwire!
Turn everyday retail therapy into everyday giving by helping support RAINN —without paying a penny more than usual!
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Lawmakers Making a Difference

RAINN salutes Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kit Bond (R-MO) for their tremendous work on behalf of sexual assault victims and in pursuit of justice for the perpetrators of sexual violence.
Senator Leahy"RAINN has become a national leader in giving voice to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities — those working through the trauma of sexual abuse. I am proud to support RAINN, and have encouraged those in Congress to do the same. By helping to support RAINN's outreach efforts, including the National Sexual Assault Hotline, we demonstrate our commitment to helping victims of violence."
~ Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has spent decades fighting for victims and, most recently, led the Senate effort to renew the Debbie Smith Act, which is helping to solve thousands of open rape cases through the use of DNA evidence. 

Senator Bond"RAINN has helped millions of victims deal with the devastating trauma of rape and incest and has saved countless more from suffering sexual assault through their prevention programs. As a lawmaker, I'm proud to support an organization that gives voice to victims, enables these women and children to heal, and helps strengthen laws against the criminals of these horrendous crimes."
~ Senator Kit Bond (R-MO)

Sen. Bond has spent more than 40 years fighting to help victims and bring criminals to justice. As U.S. Assistant Attorney General, governor and senator, he's been a reliable ally in the effort to eliminate sexual violence.

Nurses Play Crucial Role in Helping Victims, Collecting Evidence

SANEsForensic nurses, commonly known as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), are crucial to the process of collecting evidence in rape cases. SANEs, who undergo specialized training in how to collect DNA and other evidence from a rape victim, also provide comprehensive care for victims following an attack.
A SANE's job, crucial to a successful prosecution, includes documenting all evidence, from torn clothing to hairs or debris; photographing external injuries; taking blood to check for pregnancy or STIs; and collecting traces of DNA. If a case goes to trial, SANEs often provide expert testimony to help put rapists behind bars.
Often the first person lending an ear — and a helping hand — to victims, SANEs also give compassionate care, tending to both the physical trauma and psychological needs of their patients. Jamie Ferrell, the Texas Attorney General's SANE program director, says, "It's incredible to work with victims at possibly their lowest level of functioning and see them walk away with their heads held high."
Learn more about the vital work of SANE nurses, and find other important resources for survivors read more

RAINN Volunteer Spotlight

Helping Survivors Find Their Voice
Jessie Gallogly
Jessie Gallogly: Volunteer for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
"I started volunteering because I want to have a meaningful impact on people's lives and form direct connections with those who need support. RAINN is the perfect fit and being able to volunteer from home and with an extremely flexible schedule is a great perk! I love volunteering with RAINN because I feel like it's really important work, and we're able to reach so many people online who might not otherwise ask for help. Even the most difficult shifts are rewarding because I know that at the very least I gave someone in pain a chance to talk about whatever they needed to and to feel supported and cared for in that moment."
Learn more about Volunteering for RAINN read more

In this time of giving thanks, don't forget those who give unto others, and especially, those who give unto you. To all the volunteers and supporters of RAINN, thank you for being a part of our fight against sexual violence. Together we can make a difference.

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