RINJ is a private, international association of humanitarians including nurses, midwives, medics, EMS workers, doctors, lawyers and investigators.
RINJ operates 100% on funds from individual private funders to ensure RINJ
* freedom to offer humanitarian assistance when & where needed; &
* maintain RINJ independence from political, religious & economic influence. RINJ has numerous operational service units purpose-built and managed to achieve its goal (see about) to protect children & their families from violence. The RINJ Foundation began with the mantra "RapeIsNoJoke" as a women's group campaign opposed to gender-based violence (rape) & expanded at a furious rate of growth.
The RINJ Foundation's clinics, investigators & nurses provide health care & justice for survivors in areas of armed-conflict, displaced person settlements & in refugee camps.
We educate the world about sexual violence, misogyny & rape culture (Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal.) in the context of human rights, the rule of law & a more sophisticated discussion in a gender-equal environment.
We monitor, collect evidence, investigate & prepare prosecutions against actors who commit or order the commission of sexual violence as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group.
Our volunteers and staff monitor and report on global court and legislative proceedings related to gender equality, rape, & sexual assault crime and by whatever means available, particularly education, strive for change towards gender equality and a higher adherence to safe community standards.
Read more about who we are and what we do in our "about RINJ" section.
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Note about FGM: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violent sexual assault of a high order of criminality at many levels. FGM is usually committed against female babies, children, or women, without consent. Read FGM as a crime of Sexual Assault - Defined
RSAC (RINJ Sexual Assault Clinics) are Nurse-led sexual assault clinics medically treating rape survivors in combat zones and sexual violence survivors in refugee camps Asia and Africa. RSACs in combat zones or refugee camps also perform rape kits and investigate & report the occurance of gender-based violence & sexual violence in war zones. Read more about rape as a war crime.
Free medical care in The Rinj Foundation Remote Health Care Clinics (TRF-RHC) is offered to women and children in areas of dire need around the world. Narrow specialty RINJ Sexual Assault Clinics (RSAC) work well in major cities as out-of-sight treatment clinics existing for the purpose of caring for survivors and performing forensic evidence collection for police and court services. In many developing nations of the world this concept does not work for cultural reasons. The RINJ Foundation found it effective to provide basic health care in regions of armed conflict and refugee camps. Caring for survivors of rape as a war crime (Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court) has become a significant operational unit of The RINJ Foundation. Learn more about RSAC Nurses Without Borders.
Community related services such as victim advocacy, crisis hotlines, community outreach, & extensive public health education programs are provided based on each RSAC's resources at the discretion of the local RSAC nurse-led team. Learn more about this operational unit in the context of actual projects like Sinjar and Rojava.
The RINJ Foundation - Remote Surgical Clinics(TRF-RSC) support groups of TRF-RHC units as transportable basic surgery, regional centers performing routine minor and emergency major surgeries while connected to a telehealth diagnostic center. These are the largest mobile units we operate built into 40ft recycled steel shipping containers.
The care model we use insists on full service including follow up and basic long-term patient health co-management and care.
Physical injuries treatment and minor surgery;
Sexually transmitted disease detection treatment and prevention;
Rape Kits are used to gather forensic information about the sexual violence crime. The RINJ Foundation raises funds for the purchase of 'rape kits' (also known as physical evidence recovery kits [PERK]; sexual offence evidence collection [SOEC] kits) and/or the funding of rape kit testing. Medical professionals complete sexual assault forensic evidence kits which must be quickly tested with results sent to police & prosecutors.
RINJ shares learning for the betterment of court processes; provides data to the public about 'wanted' sex offenders/suspects or recently released-from-prison rapists who may be of interest to the community; encourages a more diligent execution of duty by law enforcement investigating sexual violence complaints; educates the public on the latest occurances and approaches to minimizing sexual violence crimes; and plays a role in overseeing how survivors in war-torn countries find remedy.
War-Crime The RINJ Foundation NGO workers investigate and catalog crimes of rape in war zones. We send out a message that rape is no longer a trophy of war but a serious war crime that will be prosecuted as a crime against humanity.
"End child sex trade | Don't buy a kid", is the mantra of The RINJ Foundation's international campaign against child sex trade. Educating for better safety of children; education of governments for better laws; and by leveraging existing law enforcement with evidence & crime cataloguing evidence the RINJ Foundation seeks to minimize & eventually end child sex trade. Read about Statutory rape and Pedophilia. Read about Suggested penalties for convicted rapists.
16-Year-old persons of sound mind can reasonably be expected to decide carefully and thoughtfully what happens to their bodies.
The State has a greater burden of responsibility for education than it does for legislating the life of married constituents' in their bedrooms.
Deciding an age of consent needs a balance somewhere between 'informed consent of a sufficiently mature individual' and the 'rights of the individual'.
Looking at the extremes in age of consent.
The ages of 12/13 are (i.e.: Korea, Paraguay, Philippines, Malta) extremely dangerous. This immature age is a borderline child-bearing age where pregnancy would likely kill child and baby in a significant percentile of the population. Informed consent seems impossible and puberty may not have been attained at this age. The State has a significant burden of responsibility to help parents protect children and fails on that burden when encouraging sex with such young children.
The imposed age of consent of 18 to 21 is pretentious, draconian patriarchal law with one purpose only: oppressing young women. Lawmakers of these laws intend to make young women the chattels of the state or the family and community.
Sixteen years of age should be the age of consent globally and that would apply to any person no matter who they have sex with. Defining age of consent on the basis of same versus opposite sex coupling is another violation of the rights of the individual. Learn more about consent and rape by clicking here for the definition of rape.
The RINJ Foundation seeks to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, including by ending impunity and by ensuring the protection of civilians, in particular women and girls, during and after armed conflicts, in accordance with the obligations States have undertaken under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.