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Reed Introduces Resolution on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Washington, DC, April 6, 2015 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed announced today that he has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives in support of the goals of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

On average, a person is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes. The Department of Justice reports that more than 200,000 Americans are sexually assaulted each year. Children and young adults are most at risk of sexual assault, as 44 percent of victims of sexual assault are under the age of 18 and 80 percent are under the age of 30. Sexual assault affects women, men, and children of all racial, social, and religious, age, ethnic, ability, sexual orientation, and economic groups in the United States.

“Sexual assault is a heinous crime that causes untold pain on victims and victims loved ones. I know this from unfortunate experience in my own family. This is an issue that I am passionate about and I care deeply for the victims of sexual assault and want to support them in their fight for justice.

“In doing so, I have introduced a resolution that encourages education on sexual assault and prevention and recognizes the heavy burden of shame and sadness carried by victims of sexual assault. It also applauds the courageous organizations and victims advocacy groups that fight for justice and the brave men and women in law enforcement that work towards increased prosecution for perpetrators.

“It is my hope that by recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and raising awareness of the impact of sexual assault, we can reduce the instances of sexual assault and provide healing for the victims.”

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