Runs National Sexual Assault Hotline; largest anti-rape org. Free, 24-7 services help 202,000 people/year. Programs prevent rape, help victims, bring rapists to justice.
RAINN founded the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE to ensure that victims of sexual assault had access to confidential and comprehensive support services, 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. This free and immediate help is critical in helping survivors work through the aftermath of being sexually assaulted and find healing and happiness.
The following is a story sent to RAINN by a young woman who reached out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline to help her deal with her rape:
I was raped one night by a friend. I tried to push him away, but he held me down. I kept saying, "No, I don't want this," but he did it anyway. I didn't know what to do when it was over. We had the same friends; I couldn't tell any of them what happened. What if they didn't believe me? Even if they would believe me, could I ever say those words? It's too embarrassing to talk about.
I went numb. I stopped talking with my friends, my family - stopped almost everything. I stayed home and watched a lot of tv. I saw some ads about the National Sexual Assault Hotline and RAINN. They said counselors were available to talk with people who were raped. I cried hysterically the first time I called. I couldn't even really talk about the rape, but the counselor listened to me anyway. She stayed on the phone with me for 2 hours and let me get it all out at my own pace.
The counselors have made all the difference in my life. It's not easy yet, but it's getting better. I know that with their help and support, I'll be okay.