Friday, April 16, 2010

New PSA from RAINN

I have recently signed up to be a speaker for RAINN - Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network. RAINN has just launched a new public service campaign. Please see video and press release below. The video is excellent!

 (Washington, DC) - RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, today is launching a new celebrity-driven campaign to make sure survivors of child sexual abuse get the help that they deserve. “This campaign is very timely,” noted Katherine Hull, RAINN’s vice president for communications. “The tremendous news coverage recently of these crimes against children has the potential to trigger flashbacks and difficult memories for survivors of child sexual abuse. That’s why it’s critical that we reach these individuals to let them know that it’s never too late to get help.”

The campaign spots feature RAINN’s national spokeswoman, actress Christina Ricci, alongside actors Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, and actress Gabrielle Union. This latest initiative was formed in partnership with director and filmmaker Amy Berg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her documentary film, “Deliver Us From Evil,” which explored child sexual abuse. The campaign also features music from hit singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne.

“The majority of child sexual abuse victims know their attacker, and the effects of this crime can last a lifetime as many victims keep the pain inside for far too long and never get the help they need,” said Berg, director of the campaign spots. The new campaign aims to get the message out to child sexual abuse victims that it’s never too late to reach out for help; help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines. According to Berg, “It is clear we need to do more to protect and help our children. It is especially important to tell children that they do not have to keep their abusers’ secret.”

Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted; nearly half of all victims are under the age of 18. It’s estimated that there are over 20 million survivors of sexual assault in the U.S. The effects of this crime on victims are staggering; survivors who do not get help following sexual abuse are at a higher risk for suffering from grave mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and feelings of guilt, shame, and anger.

RAINN’s child sexual abuse public service announcements, “The Secret” and “Living in Fear,” are available for free public and private use across broadcast and digital platforms. To learn more about RAINN’s latest campaign and to view the public service announcement spots, visit RAINN's YouTube Channel. To incorporate RAINN’s PSAs digitally, use the “embed” code from YouTube. HD broadcast quality versions of the PSAs, can be directly downloaded from the RAINN website.

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, please know that the abuse is not your fault and that it’s never too late to get help. If you’re being sexually abused, or have been in the past, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.

RAINN would like to extend a very special thanks to John C. Manly and Bart Dalton, who made this campaign possible thanks to their generosity and their dedication to eradicating child sexual abuse.

RAINN would also like to thank each and every person who was involved with the production of this PSA who donated his or her time, creativity, and talent. It’s only because of your support that this public service announcement


Patricia Singleton said...

This video has a very powerful message to children and adults. Children don't have to keep harmful secrets. Thanks for sharing this Colleen.

Colleen said...

Patricia, I agree. It is an important message. Wish someone had told me. Hugs!