December 2013
Facebook Selects RAINN for New Donation Feature
Facebook announced that it is partnering with RAINN to roll out its new donation system, which makes it simple to give directly from RAINN's Facebook page. 

Sen. McConnell and Rep. Wasserman Schultz Win Crime Fighter Award
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) are the winner's of RAINN's 2013 Crime Fighter Award, in recognition of their leadership in the fight against sexual violence. 

Marci Matthews Wins Hope Award
Marci Matthews is a Speakers Bureau member, Online Hotline volunteer, member of RAINN's National Leadership Council, and the winner of the 2013 Hope Award. 

Justice Department Reports Progress on DNA 
A new report says there's still a long way to go when it comes to erasing the nation's backlog of untested rape kits.

Survivor Spotlight

From the hustle and bustle of the season to family gatherings, the holidays can be a difficult time of year for many, including survivors of sexual violence. Elizabeth Fisher is a survivor and RAINN Speakers Bureau member who remembers feeling more afraid and anxious around Christmas.  

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"There's a much better societal understanding of this crime. We used to hear very frequently that people didn't think they were going to be believed if they came forward. That's a less frequent 
thing now."
---- RAINN's 
Scott Berkowitz

"[Facebook's new Donate button] presents users with an opportunity to make an impact with just a few clicks. It's a great way to respond to something like a major news story 
----  you can take action and encourage your friends to do the same." ---- RAINN's Katherine Hull

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