Rise CEO Amanda Nguyen on the start of a civil rights campaign that fights for rapists and survivors • Good Non Profit

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During his studies at Harvard University, Amanda Nguyen became the victim of rape, as well as a broken criminal justice system. After undergoing an invasive forensic investigation process that lasted six hours, she discovered that Massachusetts, according to state law, had the right to destroy the evidence every six months from rape kits, even though the statute of limitations is 15 years old.

"I realized that I had a choice, I could accept the injustice or rewrite the law, and so I rewrote it", says Nguyen.

She founded Rise in 2014, a non-profit organization that fights for the civil rights of survivors of sexual violence. While she was at the helm of the organization, she wrote and pleaded for the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights & # 39; which codified civil rights for 25 million rapists in the United States. The bill outlines the legal rights and ensures that survivors receive the information they need to navigate through medical and legal systems. It also gives survivors the right to access information about the status of their rape kit.

To date, Rise has helped to pass 18 laws in 18 months.

Before he ran Rise full-time, Nguyen studied to become an astronaut and worked as a deputy contact for the White House for the US Department of State. But when President Obama signed the law on robbery robbery in 2016, she received tweets, letters and e-mails from millions of survivors around the world who wanted to learn how to get rid of their own civil rights in their own communities.

"I realized that we had a unique opportunity to create a movement."

Amanda Nguyen

MTV Total Registration Live

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27: Activist Amanda Nguyen attends MTV Total Registration Live at MTV Studios on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach / Getty Images for MTV)Getty Images for MTV

"I realized that we had a unique opportunity to create a movement," says Nguyen. "So I made a leap to leave the Obama administration and start scaling up Rise full-time."

The non-profit CEO says that Rise helped with a start-up mentality to help her mobilize survivors, activists and legislators across the country. "Something that I think applies to not only organizing or activism, but for all social entrepreneurs is a ruthless, systematic organization," she says. She adds that prioritizing team meetings, budgets and key performance indicators is just as important as the powerful social campaigns.

The new goal of the nonprofit organization is to use the Bill of Rights of the & # 39; Sexual Assault Survivor & # 39; to succeed in all 50 states and to continue globally. According to Rise, 35% of women on earth – 1.3 billion people – are victims of sexual violence.

"I could accept the injustice or rewrite the law, and that is why I rewrote it."

Amanda Nguyen
Young Women & # 39; s Honors

MARINA DEL REY, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Honoree Amanda Nguyen speaks onstage during the Marie Claire Young Women's Honors presented by Clinique at Marina del Rey Marriott on November 19, 2016 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Rich Polk / GettyGetty

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During his studies at Harvard University, Amanda Nguyen became the victim of rape, as well as a broken criminal justice system. After undergoing an invasive forensic investigation process that lasted six hours, she discovered that Massachusetts, according to state law, had the right to destroy the evidence every six months from rape kits, even though the statute of limitations is 15 years old.

"I realized that I had a choice, I could accept the injustice or rewrite the law, and so I rewrote it", says Nguyen.

She founded Rise in 2014, a non-profit organization that fights for the civil rights of survivors of sexual violence. While she was at the helm of the organization, she wrote and pleaded for the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights & # 39; which codified civil rights for 25 million rapists in the United States. The bill outlines the legal rights and ensures that survivors receive the information they need to navigate through medical and legal systems. It also gives survivors the right to access information about the status of their rape kit.

To date, Rise has helped to pass 18 laws in 18 months.

Before he ran Rise full-time, Nguyen studied to become an astronaut and worked as a deputy contact for the White House for the US Department of State. But when President Obama signed the law on robbery robbery in 2016, she received tweets, letters and e-mails from millions of survivors around the world who wanted to learn how to get rid of their own civil rights in their own communities.

"I realized that we had a unique opportunity to create a movement."

Amanda Nguyen

MTV Total Registration Live

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27: Activist Amanda Nguyen attends MTV Total Registration Live at MTV Studios on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach / Getty Images for MTV) Getty Images for MTV

"I realized that we had a unique opportunity to create a movement," says Nguyen. "So I made a leap to leave the Obama administration and start scaling up Rise full-time."

The non-profit CEO says that Rise helped with a start-up mentality to help her mobilize survivors, activists and legislators across the country. "Something that I think applies to not only organizing or activism, but for all social entrepreneurs is a ruthless, systematic organization," she says. She adds that prioritizing team meetings, budgets and key performance indicators is just as important as the powerful social campaigns.

The new goal of the nonprofit organization is to use the Bill of Rights of the & # 39; Sexual Assault Survivor & # 39; to succeed in all 50 states and to continue globally. According to Rise, 35% of women on earth – 1.3 billion people – are victims of sexual violence.

"I could accept the injustice or rewrite the law, and that is why I rewrote it."

Amanda Nguyen

Young Women & # 39; s Honors

MARINA DEL REY, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Honoree Amanda Nguyen speaks onstage during the Marie Claire Young Women's Honors presented by Clinique at Marina del Rey Marriott on November 19, 2016 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Rich Polk / GettyGetty