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 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
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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
CLAREMONT, N.H. —
New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster met with survivors of sexual assault Friday, to discuss the impact the partial government shutdown is having on federal funding.
"Everybody's lives are in jeopardy. It's scary," said one survivor who did not want to be identified.
Kuster met with those survivors at Turning Points Network in Claremont, a crisis center that gets federal funds.
(Concord, NH) – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statements on the government shutdown’s impact on New Hampshire efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence. As a result of the ongoing shutdown, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and three of its member programs are unable to access funds they receive directly from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
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