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. In 2016, 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 2017, I launched the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence with my colleagues and co-chairs, Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14) and David Joyce (OH-14). Since then, Representative John Katko (NY-24) has joined us as a co-chair. The task force is driving 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 116th Congress, the Task Force will be holding hearings on its areas of focus 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. In 2017, 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. 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
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I will never forget running outside into the cold dark night. I was a freshman college student at a dance with friends. It was a wonderful party until a young man assaulted me in a crude and insulting way. I felt scared and alone. I did not know where to turn, so I kept that pain to myself for many years. Sadly, my experience was hardly unique. Each year thousands of young lives will be forever changed because of campus sexual violence.
(Washington, DC) –Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) have introduced the bipartisan Child and Animal Abuse Detection and Reporting Act. This legislation will improve the Federal Government’s child abuse data collection program by extending it to specifically evaluate animal abuse as a risk factor for child abuse.
**Kuster bills to Redesignate Saint Gaudens & bolster environmental protections signed into law**
**Energy and Commerce Committee clears Kuster legislation to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions**
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(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, voted to reauthorize H.R. 1585, a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Rep. Kuster is a co-sponsor of this legislation.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), David Joyce (R-OH), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and John Katko (R-NY), the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, held a Task Force roundtable on cyber harassment and abuse.
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, joined her colleagues to co-sponsor H.R. 1585, a bipartisan long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Since first enacted nearly a quarter-century ago as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, VAWA has dramatically reduced intimate partner violence against women and men.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) on Jan. 23 sponsored a bipartisan bill to aid United States military members in seeking treatment for sexual trauma.
“This bipartisan bill will help survivors of military sexual trauma by expanding eligibility for travel benefits when they need to travel long distances to receive care,” said Rep. Walorski.
A long overdue end to the shutdown