*To support April National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Rahsaan Patterson kicks off his anti-sexual abuse partnership with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) by releasing a special song he wrote entitled “Don’t Touch Me.” Available today for downloads via iTunes, proceeds from the song will help to raise funds to support RAINN’s community outreach efforts.
Rahsaan launched the campaign in Washington, DC with a special ‘live’ performance, appearance on TV One’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin and interviews on AP radio and the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Patterson, himself a victim of sexual abuse, is now speaking out about his past. He talked with The Tom Joyner Morning Show about his experience of being sexually assaulted in church at the age of six.
“I was sexually assaulted when I was 6-years-old and wasn’t able to share it with my family until I was 18-years-old. Looking back on it, I wish there was an organization like RAINN that I could have turned to for help with dealing with what happened to me,” said Patterson. “After 30 years I finally have an appreciation and love for myself that has been missing for most of my life. The most important thing for me at this point is to be able to communicate through music and art and help others. What happened was extremely traumatic and will forever be embedded in my mind and in my life. It’s nothing I can avoid so it’s really about accepting it, owning it and knowing that it’s happened but it doesn’t have to represent who I am for the rest of my life.”. It’s an ongoing healing process.”
In addition to his work with RAINN, Patterson is enjoying the success of his sixth studio release, “Bleuphoria.” The disc’s second single, “Crazy” is Top 25 at Urban Adult Contemporary Radio and features R&B singers Faith Evans and Shanice Wilson. The song is the follow-up to “Bleuphoria’s” first single “6AM,” which features soul star Lalah Hathaway.
For more information on Rahsaan Patterson and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.rahsaan.com, Facebook.com/Rahsaan.Patterson or twitter.com/MyNameIs2Long.
Call 800.656.HOPE or visit rainn.org to get help, get involved or donate to help survivor. You can also be tagged with RAINN on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RAINN01
or included in tweets via Twitter: @RAINN01
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.5 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
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