May 16 [12:00 EST] -- At noon on Friday, more than 2,000 radio stations, MTV, VH1, The Box, and Lifetime Television honored Tori Amos' Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network by simultaneously broadcasting the singer's "Silent All These Years."
The song, from 1992's "Little Earthquakes" album, is a swirling ode to repression, and has become a theme song for Amos and her RAINN campaign.
In the anthem, Amos sings, "Years go by will I still be waiting/For somebody else to understand/Years go by if I'm stripped of my beauty/And the orange clouds raining in my head/Years go by will I choke on my tears/Till finally there is nothing left/One more casualty/You know we're too easy easy easy."
The simulcast was preceded by a Public Service Announcement recorded by Amos that discusses RAINN's work, and directs those wishing to contact the organization to its 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-656-H-O-P-E.
The broadcast was followed on MTV by "Fight Back," MTV's 1995
news special on surviving sexual assault.
Last month, Congress set aside May 16 as "RAINN Day," and the simulcast was intended to increase awareness of the non-profit organization's work with victims of sexual abuse.
RAINN notes that every two minutes, another person is sexually assaulted in the U.S.
For more on the organization, check out their website at www.rainn.org.