Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), was awarded the Texas Association Against Sexual Assaults (TAASA) Champion of Social Change Award today at an awards ceremony in South Padre Island. Congressman Poe received the award for his tireless efforts on behalf of crime victims. Congressman Poe was in Washington, DC voting, but sent along the following statement via video:

I am sorry that I cannot be there today to accept this wonderful award, but I am voting today in Washington, DC. I would like to thank the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault for hosting this event and for the tireless work that they do on behalf of victims of sexual violence. To be a victim, to be chosen to be the prey by a predator, to have a life stolen or broken by criminal conduct is a terrible and tragic travesty. But to have your own government desert and abandon you, too, is an injustice. It is an injustice to the injured, to the innocent, to the victims. I am honored to represent the great state of Texas as a Member of Congress and I assure you that I will continue the fight for victims on the national level so that victims are not abandoned by their own government. It must be reinforced as public policy that we will not stand idly by while people are maimed and hurt in our culture, that we will support them that we will be compassionate toward them, and we will make sure that criminals who commit crimes against them will pay. Thank you again for all that you do. God bless you and God bless Texas.

Congressman Poe, a lifelong advocate for victims has already made a name for himself on Capitol Hill. While in Congress, Poe spearheaded the effort to save Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding and was instrumental in the creation of the Child Safety Act of 2005 which incorporated his Child Predator bill. Congressman Poe also co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. Poe has over 22 years experience dealing with criminal cases as a felony court judge and a prosecutor and is a leading authority on crime, justice, and childrens issues.

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is an organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention, and advocacy. For more information about TAASA,