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Media: Congressional Resolution

On June 22, two Republican and two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a congressional resolution honoring RAINN, its 1,100 affiliates in all 50 states, and the thousands of volunteers who staff the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

U.S. Reps. Reichert (R - WA), Poe (R - TX), Costa (D - CA), and Strickland (D - OH) introduced this resolution during the month when the Hotline accepted its one millionth call from sexual assault victims, symbolizing Congress' support for the Hotline.

The resolution is shown in its entirety below. You may also download the PDF version (69KB).


H. RES. 889

109th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. Res. 889

Supporting the National Sexual Assault Hotline (the "Hotline") and commending the Hotline for counseling and supporting 1,000,000 callers.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 22, 2006

Mr. REICHERT (for himself, Mr. POE, Mr. COSTA, and Mr. STRICKLAND) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


RESOLUTION

Supporting the National Sexual Assault Hotline (the "Hotline") and commending the Hotline for counseling and supporting 1,000,000 callers.

Whereas it is estimated that a sexual assault occurs every 2.5 minutes in the United States and more than 200,000 Americans each year are victims of sexual assault;

Whereas one of every six women and one of every 33 men in America have been victims of completed or attempted rape, according to the United States Department of Justice;

Whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in its Uniform Crime Reports, ranks rape second only to murder in the hierarchy of violent crimes;

Whereas research suggests that sexual assault victims who receive counseling are more likely to report the assault to the police and to participate in the prosecution of the offender;

Whereas in June 2006 the National Sexual Assault Hotline (the "Hotline") helped its one millionth caller;

Whereas the Hotline operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, offering important free and confidential crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals for victims of sexual assault and their friends and families;

Whereas the Hotline was created by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network ("RAINN"), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.;

Whereas the Hotline answered its first call on July 27, 1994, and operated solely with private funds for the first 10 years of its existence;

Whereas RAINN continues to operate the Hotline today, in partnership with 1,100 local rape crisis centers in the 50 States and the District of Columbia and with over 10,000 trained volunteers and staff, and in collaboration with coalitions against sexual assault in each of the 50 States;

Whereas the Hotline helps an average of 11,000 people each month and in 2005 helped 137,039 women, men, and children across the Nation;

Whereas the public education and outreach undertaken by RAINN and local rape crisis centers have increased public awareness of sexual violence and contributed to a 58 percent decline in crimes of sexual violence since 1993;

Whereas the Hotline has experienced a significant increase in call volume as public awareness of sexual violence has grown, with calls to the Hotline increasing by 43 percent since 2003;

Whereas millions of Americans have learned of the services available through the Hotline, thanks to the public service promotion contributed by every national broadcast television network, a dozen cable networks, and more than 1,000 radio stations, newspapers, and magazines, and

Whereas the hotline serves as an outstanding example of a successful partnership between the Federal Government, the private sector, and individuals: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives —
(1) supports the National Sexual Assault Hotline; and
(2) commends the Hotline for counseling and supporting 1,000,000 callers.

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