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Charitable Orgazniation Spotlight: Rise | #RiseUp

Simply Amazing Living is passionate about giving back to the community and spotlighting non-profit organizations to help them reach a broader audience.  In this article, we shine the spotlight on Rise, a non-profit civil rights organization.  Rise is a multi-sector coalition of sexual assault survivors and allies working to empower all survivors with civil rights and to solve the criminal justice system's injustice for rape survivors.  As a rape survivor myself, organizations like Rise are near and dear to my heart.

Rise’s immediate goal is to scale up a social movement and pass civil rights legislation for sexual assault survivors in all 50 states. Their track record of writing and organizing laws is unparalleled. Cities across America have incubators for tech startups, but nothing like that exists for civil rights. They are demystifying this path for everyone.

Rise CEO & Founder - Amanda Nguyen | Photo Credit: Rise

Amanda Nguyen | Photo Credit: Rise

Rise CEO and Founder – Amanda Nguyen

Rise is led by Amanda Nguyen, a survivor who founded Rise November 2014.  Amanda had her own experience with injustice as a rape survivor during her time at Harvard University. During the time she was seeking legal action following her rape, she discovered that under Massachusetts law, her rape kit could be destroyed after just six months.  This fueled her desire to desperately needed change in the criminal justice system.  She became determined to pen her own civil rights into existence in addition to providing civil rights to over 25 million rape survivors in the United States.

To date, Rise has drafted and passed 29 laws that codify 80 million sexual violence survivors' civil rights.  Most significantly, Rise drafted and helped pass groundbreaking federal legislation that created the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. Rise's historic legislation was passed, in just 7 months, unanimously through the U.S. House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama in October 2016. This bill was one of only 0.016% substantive bills – one of 21 – in modern U.S. history, since 1980, to have unanimously passed into law. Now spreading the movement to Statehouses across the nation.  

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights includes:

  • Right to equality under the law
  • Right to informative rape kit procedures and notification
  • Right to survivors’ advocacy
  • Right to terminate all legal ties with the assailant
  • Right to the retention of all rights regardless of whether the assault is reported to law enforcement

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Increase in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Did you know that COVID-19 “Stay at Home” policies have spiked sexual and domestic violence by up to 3 times their average across the world?  Sadly, this increase takes place in a constricted medical and legal landscape whose resources and rules change daily. Support for survivors is necessary now more than ever. Please visit their website at for details on how you can become involved and/or make a donation to help end to sexual and domestic violence.  Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child.

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Support for Survivors – RAINN

If you are anyone you know is experiencing PTSD symptoms during this global pandemic and self-isolation, please contact RAINN.  RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and and DoD Safe Helpline.  Whether you are in need of support, information, advice, or a referral, their trained support specialists are ready to help. There is no cost and everything is confidential.
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  • What an amazing organization and I am so glad that there is a group like this supporting the raped victims.

  • Emman Damian
    May 18, 2020 4:19 am

    This is the first time I heard about Rise. Great initiatives. I’ll mention this to my female friends. They might support it too.

  • Wow. I am so thankful that you covered such an amazing organization that stands for such an important cause- a cause that is unfortunately rising with everything going on in the world.

  • Lavern Moore
    May 17, 2020 12:03 am

    This organization seems like it brings much awareness to this much-needed cause. I had no idea that such an organization like rise existed.

  • This was very nice of you to bring attention to this important and much-needed organization. It is great to know that there is a resource available for sexual assault victims.

  • Marie Phillips
    May 16, 2020 12:05 pm

    I am very concerned about the spike in abuse because of covid shelter in place. I almost feel like more damage is being done through this than just letting the virus take its course. We can’t eliminate the virus, only prolong the effects. But the effects of abuse will affect so many more and last for so much longer. Sometimes being at home is not the safest place. On the flip side, I understand that the virus is deadly for some. And for those that are fearful or want to be more cautious, they are welcome to shelter in place as they desire. But forcing the whole world into it and causing the destruction of lives (through businesses collapsing among other things) is way too much.

  • Steven Morrissette
    May 16, 2020 9:15 am

    A really good initiative for civil rights for survivors, I love organizations that help out people in need.

  • Wow, this is such a good nonprofit organization. Having an organization that support sexual assault victims is a helpful part of their recovery.

  • Great post with an even greater message!
    You have my love and support!

  • Life Mag Health
    May 16, 2020 3:35 am

    This is such an amazing and informative post about providing civil rights for rape survivors. I think that Rise and RAINN are great organizations.

  • The Joyous Living
    May 16, 2020 1:15 am

    Rise up!! well said. Thank you so much for shining light on this non profit! think of all the people (young and old) who are easy prey when stuck at home 24/7 right now.

  • What an incredible organization. It’s such an important cause to bring light to. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jessica Collazo
    May 15, 2020 1:39 pm

    The system is constructed to blame the victim, is always has been that way. I believe that this organization is going to break some boundaries the fight that they have to do is very hard but I believe that they going to get somewhere.


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