RAINN And Child Welfare Organizations Support Victims
Organizations that help victims of child sexual abuse are continuing their efforts during this time. Through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, RAINN was able to help in 1 out of 5 cases in March where the minor was living with their abuser. In these cases, RAINN helped the minor contact authorities.
RAINN and other child welfare organizations are working on new ways to support child sexual abuse victims. This includes connecting with victims through online platforms.
RAINN released a mobile app in August for survivors of sexual abuse to access coping resources and support. The RAINN app offers several important functions to users:
- The app gives users access to RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline via phone or online chat. The hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.
- The app gives users access to the HelpRoom, which is an anonymous, moderated peer-to-peer chat room for survivors to connect and support each other.
- The app offers users a self-care section with tips and resources about caring for yourself.
The app was developed with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Federal and state child welfare services remain open despite state lockdown orders. RAINN is working with state and local officials to assist with the rise in calls and reports of sexual assault.