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RAINN Day 2010

Provided by RAINN

College students are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group? That's why it is vital to reach out to students with accurate information, provide support when they need it, and raise awareness about of support available locally and through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines.

RAINN Day is RAINN�s (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) annual campaign to raise awareness of and fight against sexual violence on college campuses. Each year, this unique program reaches more than one million students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with information on how to reduce their risk of sexual violence, as well as what to do if they or a friend is assaulted.

RAINN Day 2010 will be held on or near September 23, with campus organizers adjusting the date to fit their specific college�s calendar. On this day, students and volunteers raise awareness about sexual violence through movie viewings, educational events, volunteer drives, speakers, petitions, posters, and passing out RAINN Day cards and other information. The program makes a lasting impact on students, giving them both the insight and the resources that they need all the way through their college careers.

The first step to becoming a RAINN Day organizer is registering at http://www.rainn.org/rainn-day-sign-up. Registration gives RAINN Day organizers access to free resources and materials and allows RAINN to follow campus events across the country. It will also enable RAINN to provide organizers with new information, ideas, resources, and answer frequently asked questions.

For more information, visit the RAINN Day page, which provides photos & testimonials from prior years� RAINN Days, as well as Top Safety Tips.

�When we provided students with the statistics about rapes, sexual assaults and incest, they were stunned. We know that through this event, we increased students' knowledge and awareness about rape, abuse and incest. We look forward to hosting RAINN Day in the future!" Yvette Hooker, Dillard University

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation�s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of �America�s 100 Best Charities� by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.4 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.

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