RAINN, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. The goal of the organization is to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. On September 26th Reinhardt participated in RAINN Day by holding a Take Back the Night Walk to raise awareness for sexual assault and prevention.
Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That totals about 207, 754 victims every year. 44% of these victims are under the age of 18. Out of these assaults, 54% will not be reported to the police. 97% of rapists will not spend any time in jail. RAINN’s mission is to reduce these assault statistics by educating people about assault and prevention, and to ensure that rapists are brought to justice. RAINN Day is designed to bring public attention to these statistics, and Reinhardt’s Take Back the Night Walk helped students learn more about sexual assault.
About twenty students participated in the walk, which led from the Glasshouse to the gym. Student Vanessa Irie attended the walk and commented. “At first, I didn’t really understand or see the importance of the walk. But as we made our way to gym, holding our candles in silence, I had time to reflect. So many people are victims, and so many of them stay silent. The sad thing is that their silence doesn’t mean that the pain goes away. It stays with them, and they just suffer alone.” Students attending the walk had the opportunity to learn about the consequences of sexual abuse, both for the victim and the assailant.
RAINN partners with organizations like ABC, Target, Lifetime Networks, and General Mills to spread their message. Their goal is to educate everyone throughout America about rape, abuse, and incest, as well as the consequences of sexual assault. Besides corporate partnerships, RAINN accepts donations. $0.88 of every dollar goes directly to helping victims and working towards preventing sexual violence. Monthly donations go towards education on college campuses, operating the National Sexual Assault hotlines, and providing information on sexual violence to policymakers. Marie Claire magazine called RAINN “One of 10 Best Charities in the U.S” and the Independent Charities of America commended RAINN as the Best Charity in America. People who donate to RAINN can be assured that their money is going to a great organization.
Students wanting to learn more about sexual assault and the RAINN organization can visit their website at rainn.org.
Candice Bailey, News Editor