Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)


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"In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."

By Diane Forrest

In September, 1999 a spin-off show from the favorite series, Law and Order, aired.  It was called, Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, or SUV.  Thirteen years later, it is still going strong.  The special victims featured in this show deal with sex crimes such as Rape, abuse, incest and other sexually related issues.  One might wonder where they get the ideas for the 295 and counting episodes.  Most of these come from actual events in the news.  Of course the names have been changed to protect the innocent, as they said on Dragnet.

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Having grown up in small towns in rural Mississippi, I have never been educated in these matters.  It was not until I left for school that I learned how destructive, and evil and "heinous" the criminal mind can be.  I'm not sure how beneficial these shows can be in the education of America.  On one hand, they can educate and make people aware of such behavior and ways to take precautions, but on the other hand, they can have a negative impact, making these actions seem common place, and numb them to these actions.

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In the event you or someone you know comes in contact with a sexual deviant, there is a place you can go for help, answers, comfort.  It is called RAINN, Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.  Founded in 1994, it is the largest anti sexually assault organization in the United States.  The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a 24-hour, toll-free phone service that automatically and anonymously links callers to the nearest RAINN-associated rape crisis center with a counselor able to respond to the call. More than 1,100 local partnerships are associated with RAINN to provide sexual assault victims with free, confidential services. Since 2008, RAINN has provided anonymous, on-line crisis support through its National Sexual Assault Online Hotline via instant messaging.

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The Sexual Assault Hotline number is 1-800-656-HOPE(4673).  For more information about ways you can help, or for help for you or someone you know, visit their website at http://www.rainn.org/

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