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Peace Corps Partners with RAINN, Nations Largest Anti-Sexual Violence Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2011The Peace Corps and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization, signed an Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and share resources on sexual assault prevention and response.

The Peace Corps is committed to providing the best, most compassionate support to volunteers in the field. This agreement allows Peace Corps to work with RAINN to implement a stronger, more comprehensive training model for Peace Corps volunteers serving around the world, said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.

Through the partnership, RAINN will provide Peace Corps with guidance and feedback on the development of an enhanced sexual assault prevention and response program. In return, Peace Corps will share best practices and information with RAINN on cross-cultural issues of sexual assault prevention and response in other countries. Currently, Peace Corps volunteers serve in 77 countries around the world.

For more information about Peace Corps commitment to the victims of sexual assault and rape go to the Safety Section of the agencys website.

About RAINN: RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, providing a leadership role in response, support, education and advocacy to prevent sexual violence and improve services to victims. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotlines' free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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