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. In the 117th Congress, I’m focused on supporting survivors in the Granite State and across the country and advancing critical legislation to ensure no one is left behind.
COVID-19 was challenging for many in New Hampshire and across the country, but for millions of domestic and interpersonal violence survivors trapped inside with their abusers, it was a nightmare. Assisting these survivors is truly a matter of life or death — and I’m proud to be a founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence to ensure survivors have a voice in Congress.
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