RAINN Day is celebrated on April 14 every year to raise awareness against sexual assault. The day, initiated by America’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) encourages the college students to come forward and join its crusade to prevent sexual violence against men and women below the age of 30.

RAINN Day events are fashioned to educate the students and their peers about the ways to curb sexual violence and provide recovery support for those who have been subjects to sexual assault and violence.

History of RAINN Day:

RAINN, the nonprofit organization behind the day has celebrated a proud silver jubilee of lending a hand of help to sexual harassment survivors. The organization was founded in the year 1994 by businessman Scott Berkowitz with an aim to roll out a telephone hotline for the victims to share their ordeal.

The organization has since worked tirelessly and evolved into being the nation’s largest nonprofit helping sexual assault survivors. RAINN now provides a 24-hour phone and online chat hotline where victims are offered confidential counseling.

Ways to celebrate RAINN Day:

Every year, student-led live seminars are organized on college campuses to empower sexual assault survivors. This year, however, students and staff have resorted to arranging webinars keeping the COVID-19 restrictions in mind. On the day, the RAINN organization provides online fundraising tools for those who want to financially support their cause. The best one can do during the event is to customize a digital fundraising campaign, and invite friends, family, and colleagues to make donations.

Another way to support the campaign is to give them a shoutout on social media. A simple social media post in support of RAINN can go a long way. There are hashtags created on social media in alignment with RAINN’s agenda such as #LetsGetLoud, #RAINNDay, and @RAINN01.

Those who want to volunteer in the RAINN day events can dial the nationwide RAINN hotline or visit their website for help.

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