How to Get Involved in the 20th Anniversary of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This April, RAINN makes it easy to show support for survivors, take action, and help raise awareness of sexual violence online and in your community.
Facebook-Owned Apps Used in More than 50% of Online Child Sex Crimes
Nearly 10,000 instances of child sex abuse were recorded by police in a 1-year span, in the UK alone, on Facebook-owned platforms, including Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Topgolf Sued for Employing a “Serial Sexual Predator”
Topgolf in Las Vegas is being sued by 4 women for their sexual assault; working in a dehumanizing, toxic work environment; and a corporate cover-up.
School District Sued Over School Bus Sexual Abuse of a Student with Down’s Syndrome
The family of a 7-year-old girl is suing an Illinois school district after her sex abuse at the hands of a 14-year-old boy was caught on the school bus surveillance system.
Man Arrested for Raping a Woman in Hospice Care
A 46-year-old Michigan man was arrested and charged for raping an elderly woman in hospice care.
Proposed Bill Requires Hairstylists and Cosmetologists to be Trained in Sexual Assault
Texas House Bill 404 would require hairstylists and cosmetologists to take domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training as part of their license renewal since it is very common for their clients to confide in them.
Uber Driver Found Guilty of Raping and Burglarizing the Homes of Female Passengers
A California Uber driver was found guilty, after less than 3 hours of deliberations, of 13 felonies, including rape, assault with intent to commit rape, oral copulation, and burglary, against 5 different victims.
Harvey Weinstein Appeals Rape Convictions
Weinstein appeals his 2019 guilty convictions, which landed him a 23-year prison sentence, and asks for a new trial in a 166-page document.
Popular Dating Apps Will Soon Let You Perform a Background Check on Your Date
Match Group has invested in Garbo, a first-of-its-kind background check platform, to empower people to make more informed decisions and choices about their safety and will soon be integrating with Tinder and OKCupid!
Uber and Lyft to Begin Sharing Date on Sexual Assault Allegations
Uber and Lyft’s new, “Industry Sharing Safety Program,” will link together the two companies’ reports of sexual assault and deadly physical assault committed by drivers.
Iowa Houses Passes Bill to Create a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program
House File 603 creates a program within the Attorney General’s office to train, certify, and provide technical assistance to sexual assault forensic examiners and sexual assault nurse examiners.
Man Arrested for Sexual Assault and Hate Crimes at a Train Station
A San Francisco man was charged with sexual assault and hate crimes after attacking an Asian woman in the pedestrian tunnel of a train station.
Montana Doctor Accused of Raping Patients
A 58-year-old medical doctor has been charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent, felony sexual assault, and misdemeanor sexual assault that occurred during mental health appointments.
Prosecutor in Sexual Abuse Case Against Woody Allen Speaks Out
Retired Connecticut State’s Attorney, Frank Maco, spoke out about believing Dylan Farrow, the new HBO series about the case, and the reasons why he chose not to go to trial.
Ohio Medical Board Reopens 91 Sexual Assault Cases Involving Doctors
The review was prompted by an investigation into how a former team doctor at Ohio State who was implicated in at least 177 sex-abuse cases, had gone undetected for so long.
Snapchat Used by Man to Lure Sexual Assault Victims, Including a Minor
After a 6-month long investigation, a Michigan man has been arrested and charged with 3 felony counts of sexual assault of multiple victims, including an underage female.
Nurse on the Run After Raping a Car-Crash Victim Who Begged for Medication
An Indiana traveling nurse is on the run after he raped and forced a car-crash victim to perform oral sex as the only way for her to receive pain medication.
While on Bail, a Sex Offender Filmed His Victim and Bombarded Her with 100 Texts
An already-registered sex offender, while out on bail for another sexual assault, filmed his victim in her home, sent her over 100 texts and made 200 calls to her in a 2-week period.
Elementary School Teacher Charged with 19 Counts of Child Molestation
A 30-year-old substitute teacher in Georgia has been arrested and charged with 19 counts of child molestation, including recording her masturbating in front of a second-grade class.
“TikTok Doc” Accused of Sexual Assault
A well-known Oregon doctor who gained social media fame as the “TikTok Doc” has been placed on leave by the hospital pending allegations of sexual assault of 2 women.
Famous Rapper and Wife Deny 15-years of Sexual Assault Allegations
Rapper and T.I. and his wife are being sued by dozens of women in 2 states that allege forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation over a span of 15-years.
Homeland Security Police Officer Arrested for Sexual Assault
A 50-year-old prior Homeland Security Officer has been charged with 9 counts of sexual assault on 3 women.
Sexual Assault Victim Files Lawsuit Against Napa’s BottleRock Music Festival
A victim of a sexual assault at the popular music festival has filed a lawsuit after a man secretly cut an arm-seized hole inside portable restrooms and waited for women to enter and use them.
New Report Finds Ride-Hailing Has a Deterrent Effect on Sexual Assault
A group of prominent researchers have found a correlation between ride-hailing services and a reduction in reported rapes.
U.S. Congresswoman Reveals She is a Sexual Assault Survivor
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes forward as a sexual assault survivor while recalling the events that transpired at the Capitol on January 6.
Change is Coming to North Carolina’s Procedure on Sexual Assault Exams in Hospitals
A two-part investigation revealed that not every sexual assault victim can get help at every NC hospital; Some have had to visit multiple emergency rooms, travel, or wait up to 19 hours before they are seen by a trained nurse.
Hospital Employee Arrested for Sexually Assaulting an Elderly Patient
A 21-year-old hospital employee has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and false imprisonment of an 82-year-old patient as he transported her between floors.
Senate Candidate Being Sued for Gross Negligence for a 2013 Sexual Assault
North Carolina Senate Candidate, Erica Smith, has been sued for gross negligence after a multi-defendant sexual assault occurred on a bus in which she was a was a chaperone.
New Program Aims to Restore Faith in the Criminal Justice System for Survivors
A new Michigan Program is helping to test decades-old rape kits, catch serial rapists, and provide much-needed closure for sexual assault survivors.
Gymnastics Coach Sentenced to 32 years in Prison for Multiple Sexual Assaults
A 25-year-old youth gymnastics coach in Illinois was sentenced to 32 years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting 6 students under 13-years-old.
Veteran’s Affairs Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault
A VA osteopathic doctor in West Virginia was sentenced to 25 years in prison for rubbing the genitals of 2 veteran patients and digitally penetrating the rectum of a 3rd patient without a legitimate medical purpose.
Man Pleads Guilty to Drunkenly Assaulting 2 Southwest Flight Attendants
A man is being held in custody pending sentencing for repeatedly sexually assaulting 2 flight attendants while so inebriated he urinated all over the airplane bathroom with the door open.
School District and School Bus Contracting Company Sued Over Sexual Assault of Minor
The family of an 11-year-old-girl that was sexually abused, on camera, by her 60-year-old bus driver are suing the school district and bus contracting companies.
In an FBI Sting Operation, 4 Men Arrested for Seeking Out Sexual Acts with Young Girls
Four Seattle-area men were arrested for child pornography possession and communicating with children they believed to be as young as 6-years-old.
New CA Bill Would Allow Sexual Assault Victims to Track Their Own Rape Kits
If passed, SB 215 would create a state-run website that allows sexual assault survivors to track the status of their rape kits from hospital to crime lab.
Police Corporal Charged with Failing to Investigate Rape and Sexual Abuse Cases
A Maryland police Corporal used his authority to change case statuses to closed after no investigation or arrests were made.
School District Sued Over Sexual Abuse of a Special-Needs Student by Her Bus Driver
A 54-year-old bus driver is serving 11 years in prison for the sexual assault of a special-needs student over the course of 21 days.
Famous Rapper Accused of Raping and Beating his Former Personal Assistant
Rapper Soulja Boy is accused of raping his prior personal assistant multiple times, forcing her to work 24/7, beating her until she was unconscious, and holding her hostage.
University Commends Sexual Assault Survivors
Michigan State University acknowledged numerous courageous women who came forward with their stories of on-campus sexual assault and outlined comprehensive policies moving forward.
Adult Store Manager Charged with Sexually Assaulting 2 Minors Over a 15-Month Period
A 35-year-old manager of a Florida mall store is being held of $200,000 bail after admitting to ongoing sexual assault of minors in his workplace.
Registered Sex Offender Allowed to Volunteer for Junior ROTC Program
Chicago Public Schools’ JROTC volunteer asked a minor student to visit a morgue with him when it was determined he was a registered sex offender for a crime committed at the cemetery.
Law Seeks to Improve and Expand Sexual Misconduct Services for Female Veterans
The Deborah Sampson Act calls for improved staff training to help eliminate sexual misconduct, including expanded coverage of counseling and treatment for sexual trauma.
School District Sued Over Sexual Abuse of a Special-Needs Student by Her Bus Driver
A Pennsylvania school district is being sued by the family of a special-needs student after multiple instances of sexual abuse by her driver who, “had a reputation for acting inappropriately with female students with special needs.”
North Carolina School District Launches Online Sexual Misconduct Reporting Portal
After numerous arrests of New Hanover County School teachers for sexual misconduct, the district launched an anonymous online reporting portal.
Fort Bliss Soldier Found Dead on New Year’s Eve After Reporting a Sexual Assault
A Private First-Class Soldier in the Army will be facing a court martial for a sexual assault after his victim, another Private First-Class soldier was found dead in her barracks on New Year’s Eve.
Chicago Man Charged with Sexual Assault of 7-Year-Old During Her E-Learning Class
A teacher witnessed a 7-year-old first grader being forced to have oral sex with an 18-year-old man, as she was on break from a remote learning class.
New Illinois Law Provides Extra Protection to Victims of Sexual Assault
Illinois allows sexual assault and stalking victims to keep their address private on public records and provides them a substitute address to use on documents, driver’s licenses, and state IDs.
Suspect Arrested in the Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of a Florida Hospital Worker
A hospital worker was tackled while walking into work, kidnapped in a stolen vehicle, sexually assaulted, and dropped off about 8 miles from the hospital.
Massachusetts Law Gives College Students More Sexual Assault Rights and Resources
Campuses are now required to provide crisis services, post sexual assault policies, train staff and volunteers, and provide a way for anonymous incident reporting, amongst many other new rules.
Fashion Designer Alexander Wang Denies Numerous Sexual Assault Reports
Well-known fashion designer, Alexander Wang, is alleged to have drugged and raped multiple male models.
New California Law Expands the Definition of “Mandated Reporter”
As of January 1, 2021, HR professionals and frontline supervisors in companies that have at least 5 employees and employ minors are now considered mandated reporters.
Mormon Church Sued for Failing to Report Sexual and Physical Abuse of Children
Two Bishops and an ex-law enforcement teacher failed to report the ongoing sexual and physical abuse of a Father’s own 3 children despite each observing it happening.
Sheriff’s Office Sued as a Result of a Deputies Sexual Assault of a Minor
A Kansas Sheriff’s Office is being sued for failure to supervise, discipline, and report the sexual assault of a minor by one of its own deputy’s after it was reported to them, despite being mandated reporters.
School District Sued Over Student-on-Student Sexual Abuse
A high school student that was raped in an all-gender bathroom sued the school district for failing to protect her from a, “reasonably foreseeable danger.”
Massage Envy Keeps Masseur on Staff Even After Sexual Assault Reports Made
Despite 2 women reporting that the same masseur sexually assaulted them, he remained on staff and working. Massage Envy has had nearly 150 sexual assault reports made against it since 2017.
Fashion Mogul Arrested for Human Trafficking and Rape of Minors
Peter Nygard has been arrested and charged with human trafficking and the rape of nearly 60 women and teenagers, some off which were impoverished, and he lured them to his Bahamas estate under the guise of cash and modeling contracts.
Major Youth Soccer Organization Hit with Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
American Youth Soccer Association sued over allegations of: Child sexual assault; negligence; negligent hiring, supervision, and retention; and negligent failure to warn, train, or educate.
Uber Fined $59 Million for Failure to Turnover Sexual Assault Information
Uber failed to turnover information regarding nearly 6,000 sexual assaults that took place on rides from 2017-2019 and can lose its license to operate if the fine is not paid in 30 days.
20 Historic Sexual Violence Events in the Last 20 Years
Historic movements, events, laws, and court cases that forever shaped the world of sexual violence prevention.
University of California Settles Sexual Assault Claims for $73 Million
In a class action lawsuit, over 6,600 victims of a UCLA gynecologist came forward with sexual assault claims.
School Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Misconduct with Student.
A 24-year old teacher’s aide arrested for sexual relations with 3 minor male students.
Sexual Assault Cold Case Conviction
A 2001 Alaska sexual assault and kidnapping case that went cold due to police being unable to locate a suspect finally results in a long-awaited jury trial conviction and justice for the victim.
Bill Cosby Seeks to Overturn Sexual Assault Conviction
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agrees to hear the case to determine if the trial court improperly allowed 5 sexual assault victims to testify against Cosby.
Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against Police Officers
39 employees of the Nashville Police Department have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against police officers, including the Captain.
Nearly 90,000 Sexual Abuse Claims Filed Against the Boy Scouts
Over 88,500 claims have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America in their bankruptcy case alleging decades of sex abuse.
Archdiocese Sued by Insurance Company over Sexual Abuse Coverage
The Archdiocese of Indiana failed to disclose numerous sexual abuse allegations when applying for insurance coverage.