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Reed Leads House in Recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Washington, DC, April 7, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed led a group of his colleagues in recognizing the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Reed was joined by a bipartisan group of Members on the House floor that spoke out about the need to stop putting blame on victims, encourage defenders to speak out and stand up to abusers. Since sharing his family’s experience with sexual assault last month, Reed has taken the lead in the House to bring sexual assault awareness to the forefront at the national level.

“One of the first steps, and best ways, to eradicate sexual violence from our society and care for victims is to start speaking out about it openly,” Reed said. “We all have unique opportunities to raise awareness because we all have unique networks to reach. We can use whatever resources we have individually to collectively send a united message that sexual violence in all its forms will not be tolerated.”

Reed introduced a Resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize the month of April as a special opportunity to educate the public about sexual violence and encourage prevention, treatment of victims and prosecution of abusers. Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin joined Reed to lead on the resolution.    

“I’m so proud to reach across the aisle to co-introduce the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resolution,” Congresswoman Moore said. “Sexual assault is a scourge that reaches into every community and tears apart the lives of too many. We must work to ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers of sexual assault and the resources available to help victims through their desperate situations. Let us also recognize the great work our advocates are doing to assist victims of this heinous crime. I urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution.”

Tom Reed is also speaking out against sexual violence in a new blog post in the Huffington Post. “The time for action is now,” Reed writes in the blog post. “It's time to change the culture in our country and talk about sexual assault openly in classrooms, offices, on social media and at the kitchen table.”  

Reed continues to meet with sexual assault awareness and prevention groups including RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), National Alliance to End Sexual Assault, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Joyful Heart Foundation and NO MORE to see how best to partner to promote their shared goal of educating the public.   

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A clip of Tom Reed’s recent floor comments can be found here.

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