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RAINN commemorates over eight years of serving survivors of sexual violence within the DoD community

News Release

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

On Veterans Day 2019, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network commemorated over eight years of serving survivors of sexual violence within the Department of Defense community. 

Safe Helpline launched in February 2011 and is operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, through a contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). 

Safe Helpline was created to meet the unique needs of survivors in the Department of Defense community who may have challenges accessing support because of operational, geographic, and other constraints.  

James, a member of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s Speakers Bureau, and survivor from the Department of Defense community, highlights the importance of sharing his story. “I didn’t tell anyone because I kept thinking: Do I have a right to feel this way? Am I taking up space that I don’t deserve? It took me a long time to get to a point where I realized I had a right to be heard, a right to speak my truth.” 

Safe Helpline provides anonymous, live, one-on-one specialized support, information, and resources to help empower sexual assault survivors in the Department of Defense community as they take the next steps in their healing process. Safe Helpline services are available worldwide, 24/7 — ensuring access to help, anytime, anywhere. 

There are six easy ways to get support from Department of Defense Safe Helpline:  

  • Telephone Helpline: Speak directly with a Safe Helpline support specialist over the phone, 24/7, for confidential support, information and resources by calling 877-995-5247. 
  • Online Helpline: Access one-on-one, anonymous, and secure 24/7 help with a support specialist through Safe Helpline’s online chat portal at www.safehelpline.org/online. 
  • Safe HelpRoom: Connect with and support other survivors of sexual assault through Safe Helpline’s anonymous group chat service, in a moderated, secure online environment 24/7 at http://www.safehelproom.org/. 
  • Safe Helpline App: Create a personalized self-care plan and access self-care exercises as well as the other Safe Helpline services with an easy-to-use and free mobile app available on the App Store and Google Play.  
  • Responders Near Me: Find contact information for military and civilian responders and resources near you with the Safe Helpline Responder Database, as well as resources for those transitioning out of the military, anytime, anywhere through the website at http://www.safehelpline.org/search, via text, and on the Safe Helpline app. 
  • Self-paced Educational Programs: Learn more about issues related to sexual assault, the services Safe Helpline offers, and how to support a friend or loved one through self-guided programs. For professionals, you can learn how to support a survivor with suicidal ideation, and how to support Service members transitioning out of the military. The programs be found at www.safehelpline.org and on the Safe Helpline mobile app. 

If you are interested in learning more about Safe Helpline, please visit SafeHelpline.org. 

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