Victims' Rights Caucus

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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