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Degrassi Debut Leads to 500% Increase
in Hotline Calls


RAINN partnered with Nickelodeon’s teen network, The N, and its #1 show, Degrassi, for the season's premiere episode, dealing with the issue of child sexual abuse. Following the airing of the episode, “Jane Says,” calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline increased 500%! In the episode, one of the main characters, Jane Vaughn, deals with the fact that her father sexually abused her as a child.

A PSA by actress Paula Brancati, who plays the character Jane Vaughn, aired in conjunction with the episode. RAINN worked closely with The N to ensure that their viewers learned about the critical recovery resources available through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online at rainn.org).

View the Degrassi PSA [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSMg42wDeKk] or learn more about the show [http://www.the-n.com/ntv/shows/index.php?id=67].

For more information on how you can join RAINN in the fight against sexual assault, visit: www.rainn.org


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RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.2 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.


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