The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) has launched an Indiegogo campaign as a response to the previously reported Kickstarter campaign for the “Above The Game: A Guide To Getting Awesome With Women.”
Things didn’t turn out so awesome for creator Ken Hoinsky’s campaign, which despite being fully funded forced Kickstarter to perform a very rare public mea culpa due to overwhelming backlash. Kickstarter also donated $25,000 to RAINN themselves, but RAINN is choosing to capitalize on the media attention by launching a crowdfunding campaign of their own–and not on Kickstarter.
The verified nonprofit, flexible funding campaign on Indiegogo seeks $15,000 to support the ongoing efforts of RAINN in curtailing sexual assault.
Glorying sexual violence and giving advice on how to commit a sexual assault have no place in our society, online or off. Over the past month, 732 people have made contributions to fund a “how-to” manual endorsing sexual assault, providing instructions like these:
“Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
“Pull out your **** and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your ****.”
- Let’s show the world that there are more people who support survivors of sexual violence than there are people who advocate for violence.
Let’s invest in programs and initiatives that change the way Americans think about sexual violence.
Let’s ensure that survivors get the help they deserve through the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE). RAINN also holds an annual day of action, RAINN Day, to raise awareness and educate college students about sexual assault on college campuses.
RAINN is also a highly touted charity, claiming that 88 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping victims of sexual assault. Since 1994, the hotline they operate has helped over 1.8 million people according to the campaign page.
The campaign is extremely likely to be fully funded due simply to the stunning backlash the Kickstarter campaign has caused. For more media coverage on the controversial Kickstarter campaign click here.
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