The FBI categorizes rape as the second most violent crime a person can experience, second only to murder. To put it another way, it's the most violent and traumatic crime any victim lives to remember. Every two minutes another American is sexually assaulted. It is the most under-reported of all crimes in the United States. The effects of sexual violence affect all of us.
On April 29, 2006, people everywhere will be participating in the nation's boldest, highest-altitude, and most daring effort to put an end to sexual assault. It's called Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. They'll be joining thousands of people at skydive centers across the country who will take to the sky and jump, to raise awareness and money for sexual assault.
By participating in Operation Freefall, they'll be raising funds for Speaking Out About Rape (SOAR) and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and community rape crisis centers to help:
* Maintain and expand the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (operated by RAINN) to ensure access to free, confidential counseling to victims of sexual assault, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* Extend efforts to provide prevention, recovery, and prosecution information to tens of millions of people, across the country and in your community, each year.
* Expand SOAR's programs to educate lawmakers, police officers, students and the media about sexual assault.
They've each agreed to raise $600 before April 1st, and need your help. Would you consider making a tax-deductible pledge to help them meet their goal? They'll be skydiving from at least 10,500 feet. How much will you pledge for each foot jumped:
*1/4-cent per foot: $26.40 *A nickel per foot: $528
*1/2-cent per foot: $52.80 *A dime per foot: $1,056
*A penny per foot: $105.60 *A quarter per foot: $2,640
*Two cents per foot: $211.20 *A dollar per foot: $10,560
We hope you'll share in this incredible adventure by supporting everyone in their fundraising efforts. Of course, if you want to jump, too, check out www.operationfreefall.com.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.