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Lawmakers Making a Difference

Each month, RAINN recognizes members of the U.S. Congress whose efforts have helped reduce sexual violence or improved the lives of sexual violence victims. The Lawmakers Making a Difference program recognizes congressional and senatorial support of sexual violence issues, bipartisan efforts, and leadership in pursuing legislation.

These federal legislators are RAINN's indispensable partners on Capitol Hill...Their leadership and hard work...have led to a significant reduction in sexual violence and the expansion of victims' services over the last decade.
Scott Berkowitz, president and founder of RAINN

U.S. House of Representatives

"Preventing sexual assault is an important cause that every American should learn more about and find ways to support. As the largest anti-sexual assault organization in America, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is an outstanding organization that helps millions of helpless victims through counseling for women and influencing policy and, as a member of Congress and an American, I am proud to support this compassionate program." ~ Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL)

"I share RAINN's commitment to helping survivors of sexual violence. It is vital that we work together on all fronts to ensure that victims of these violent crimes receive the support that they deserve and that perpetrators are put behind bars. Improving public policy, increasing awareness of the long-term effects of sexual assault, and supporting RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotlines are important ways that we can both support survivors and reduce the number of sexual assaults across the country." ~ Congressman John Boehner (R-OH)

Every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, said Congressman Cohen. RAINN provides victims of sex abuse with the help they need to recover. Their services are free, safe and confidential. We must do everything in our power to end sex abuse, and that is why I am committed to working with RAINN to expand victims rights and make our communities safer through their awareness, support and prevention programs. ~ Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN)

As a co-founder of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, I commend RAINN for the critical services they provide to victims of sexual violence and their role in educating our youth about the dangers of sexual assault. I look forward to continuing to partner with RAINN in the 111th Congress to advance our mutual goals of prevention, education, and support. ~ Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA)

Having worked on violence prevention for many years, I applaud RAINN for raising awareness and increasing services for victims of violent crime. With the upcoming reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it is important to recognize the critical safety net services provided to survivors of sexual assault by organizations such as RAINN. ~ Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD)

I truly appreciate the work that RAINN does to raise awareness about sexual violence. It is so important for victims of abuse to know that they have a place to go for information and support, which is exactly what RAINN provides with their national help hotlines and counseling resources. Im proud to say that I work with RAINN, and will continue to support them in their mission to prevent sexual violence and provide the help that victims need. ~ Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC)

Love never comes with black eyes and bruises. As a founder and co-chair of the Victims Rights Caucus and a lifetime advocate for victims, I am proud to support RAINN in their efforts to be a voice for victims of sexual violence. I look forward to working with RAINN to raise awareness about the dangers of sexual assault and advocate for victims of these terrible crimes. ~ Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)

I salute RAINN for the national leadership role it has taken in support of the victims of sexual assault. Their everyday work makes a huge difference in the lives of people who, more often than not, have no voice and who struggle daily with the atrocious acts committed against them. There is no place in todays society for sexual assault or abuse, but unfortunately they take place, so we are fortunate to have an organization such as RAINN ready to take the lead and make a difference. Without a doubt, their yeomens work is critical and important to the victims they so honorably help. ~ Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

I am proud to have secured federal funds to help RAINN connect with victims of sexual abuse and violence. Often, these victims do not know where to turn for help and the people at RAINN are there to offer them instant care, support and hope amid a horrific crisis." ~ Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

"In addition to RAINN's outreach and education efforts to the general public, RAINN continues to be a trusted source of information and resources for members of Congress seeking to prevent sexual assault and strengthen laws against those that commit these heinous crimes. I also commend RAINN's continued service to victims of sexual assault through their National Sexual Assault Hotline. Having the ability to privately discuss such a personal and traumatic experience with trained professionals is the first step in a road to recovery for thousands of individuals." ~ Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

U.S. Senate

RAINN has helped millions of victims deal with the devastating trauma of rape and incest and has saved countless more from suffering sexual assault through their prevention programs. As a lawmaker, Im proud to support an organization that gives voice to victims, enables these women and children to heal, and helps strengthen laws against the criminals of these horrendous crimes. ~ Senator Kit Bond (R-MO)

I commend RAINN for its dedicated efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, and its commitment to raising public awareness about these critical issues. RAINN is a national leader in providing vital resources and services to abuse survivors and helps ensure that they get the help and support they need. I will continue to support efforts at the federal level to prevent and raise awareness about sexual violence. ~ Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

I continue to work in the United States Senate to ensure that our nations laws safeguard Utahns, as well as all Americans, and ensure that the needs of victims and the interests of justice are served. I am committed to being a voice for citizens who fall prey to sexual assaults, and I will continue to advocate for laws that bring sex offenders to justice and strengthen law enforcement tools and resources, such as RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotlines. ~ Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

RAINNs compassion and advocacy on behalf of those who have suffered unthinkable crimes sets the bar high. As a former prosecutor who has fought in the Senate on behalf of sexual assault victims, I was proud to partner with RAINN to try and help secure federal funding for their National Sexual Assault Hotlines and nationwide rape education and outreach programs. These free, confidential services are vital in the fight against sexual assault. ~ Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

RAINN has long been at the forefront of national efforts to prevent sexual assault and has helped millions of victims, families, friends, and community members all touched by violent crime. As a former prosecutor, I am proud to support the nations largest anti-sexual assault organization and stand committed to joining RAINN in its efforts to improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. ~ Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

As a longtime supporter of victims rights, and the co-author of the Crime Victims Rights Act of 2005, I appreciate RAINNs work for the victims of sexual violence. These heinous crimes must be combated with law enforcement support, resources for victims, and public education to stop the cycle of violence. RAINN has been at the forefront of this issue, not only as a leading advocate, but also a resource, for sexual assault victims. ~ Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

RAINN has become a national leader in giving voice to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities those working through the trauma of sexual abuse. I am proud to support RAINN, and have encouraged those in Congress to do the same. By helping to support RAINNs outreach efforts, including the National Sexual Assault Hotline, we demonstrate our commitment to helping victims of violence. ~ Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT

Sexual violence leaves women with emotional and physical scars and it often leaves families torn apart. This is an issue of saving lives, and we must do everything we can in Congress to implement policy that helps rid our communities of these heinous crimes. I applaud RAINN for its tireless leadership, and look forward to continuing working with it to address this issue. ~ Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sexual assault and violence exacts terrible costs on individual lives and our communities. As Chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I fight every year to put funds in the federal checkbook to protect Americans from sexual assault and violence, and to provide victims of these crimes the support services they need. I will continue my fight to put funds in the federal checkbook to fund these important programs. ~ Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Alaska has the highest rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in the nation. As a born and raised Alaskan and the senior Senator from my state, I am not proud to report these statistics; however, it is a reality that cannot be ignored. At every level local, state, and federal we must work to turn the tide of domestic violence and sexual assault. Domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, and service providers in Alaska are on the front lines of an epidemic, and I know that RAINN is an important resource for them. Thank you for the work that you do. ~ Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

RAINN rebuilds the lives of countless victims of sexual violence, serving as a vital support system for those in need. Its prevention and awareness initiatives have made our communities stronger, safer and more secure. I appreciate and commend their commitment and hope RAINN will continue to have a healing impact for the thousands of children and adults who are affected by violence each year. ~ Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Victims of sexual crimes are among the most vulnerable members of our society. It is critical that Congress protect these victims by recognizing and addressing issues associated with such horrible crimes. As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to support legislation and funding to that end. ~ Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

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