Ending Sexual Violence
Sexual violence cuts across party lines and affects women, men, and families in every single part of this country. It’s also an issue that’s deeply personal for me. Last year, for the first time, I shared my own experiences with sexual violence. Doing so was not easy. The stigma that surrounds this issue has silenced many survivors, but it's long past time we shatter that silence.
In April, I launched the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence with my colleagues and co-chairs, Representatives Patrick Meehan (PA-07), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and David Joyce (OH-14). The task force will drive legislation and policy that will support survivors of sexual assault and educate our fellow members of Congress as well as the public about how we can end this persistent problem.
Areas of the Task Force’s focus include: K-12 education, college campus safety, the rape kit backlog, military sexual trauma, ending online harassment, improved data and collection, and law enforcement training. Throughout the rest of the 115th Congress, the Task Force will be holding hearings on its areas of focus, developing and releasing a legislative agenda, and hosting educational briefings for staff and Members to raise awareness about the primary policy issues related to sexual violence.
I am a long-time advocate for survivors. Earlier this year, I hosted a panel discussion about sexual violence at the US Capitol featuring three brave women: Julia Dixon, Delaney Henderson, and Chessy Prout. I am proud to use my platform to help amplify the voices of other survivors.
There are also legislative actions Congress can take to help end sexual violence. Last year, I partnered with Congresswoman Speier to introduce the Safe Transfer Act, which would require the inclusion of information about sexual assault on college transcripts. We also introduced the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency on (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act which would require the Department of Education to publicly disclose schools that are under federal Title IX investigation, as well as strengthen penalties for schools that are in violation, among other reforms.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with sexual violence or harassment, the following resources can provide support and guidance:
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
National Sexual Assault Hotline
More on Ending Sexual Violence
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, applauded passage of legislation that will require harassment training for all Members of Congress, staff members, interns, and fellows. Kuster co-sponsored the measure which passed unanimously.
(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence and an original co-sponsor of the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act, released the following statement on the allegations of sexual harassment made against Representative John Conyers:
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) introduced bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress. The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, released the following statement on the decision by Speaker Ryan to mandate anti-harassment training for all Congressional staffers and Members of Congress.
[October 26, 2017- Washington, DC - Jane Stapleton, Executive Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Prevention Innovations Research Center and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02)]
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(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, issued the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that the Trump Administration is rescinding Obama-era sexual assault guidance and issuing a new Q&A document while a formal review is taken.
(Concord, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Rivier University its Reduce Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program grant funds. This grant, which Congresswoman Kuster supported through a letter to the U.S.
(Washington, DC) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH), Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos outlining principles they believe should be included in the Department’s final guidance for campus sexual violence disciplinary proceedings.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a survivor of sexual assault, released the following statement on the decision by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to begin the rulemaking process for the Department of Education’s Title IX guidance. Title IX guarantees women the right to learn in an educational environment free from discrimination and sexual violence.
(Berlin, NH) - Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined healthcare providers, law enforcement and others at Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) to discuss efforts to prevent sexual violence. Prior to the discussion, RESPONSE Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center presented Congresswoman Kuster with an award to honor and thank her for her work on this issue.