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Congress needs to hear from you that programs and policies that improve the criminal justice system, support survivors and their children and bring sexual predators to justice matter. Follow the simple steps below to tell your Members of Congress to prioritize these issues and sign up to receive updates and alerts from us.

✔ Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence.
✔ Eliminate the Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (“rape kits”).
✔ Increase Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Their Children.

Thanks for taking action and be sure to let us know how it went and what else you’d like us to be working on.


Tell Congress to Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and Senators and ask them to support funding that helps survivors and holds perpetrators accountable.

2. Spread the Word.
Share this alert with your friends and family via Facebook and

3. Stay Informed.
Receive updates and alerts on these and other RAINN policy priorities.

Here’s What to Say:

Tweet:
[INSERT YOUR MEMBER’S TWITTER HANDLE] please support funding to help victims of sexual violence and hold offenders accountable. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE NAME/SENATOR NAME],

Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. More than half of these crimes are never reported to police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. We can, and must, do better.

As a constituent, I ask you to support FY 2015 funding that helps victims of sexual violence and takes serial criminals off our streets. We need programs that give survivors the assistance they need and deserve, and programs that help us catch and hold their perpetrators accountable. This matters to me because _____, and I will be watching for your support. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Call talking points:

  • My name is ___ and I am a constituent.
  • Did you know that every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted and that 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail? We can and must do better.
  • I’m calling to encourage [REPRESENTATIVE NAME/SENATOR NAME], to support FY 2014 funding that helps victims of sexual violence and takes serial criminals off our streets.
  • We need funding to support programs that give survivors the assistance they need and deserve, and programs that help us catch and hold their perpetrators accountable – to keep other innocent citizens safe.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for [REPRESENTATIVE NAME/SENATOR NAME] support.


Ask Congress to Help Us Eliminate the Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (“rape kits”).

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4323, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014. If they already have, say thank you!

2. Spread the Word.
Share this alert with your friends and family via Facebook and

3. Stay Informed.
Receive updates and alerts on these and other RAINN policy priorities.

Here’s What to Say:

Tweet:
[INSERT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE’S TWITTER HANDLE] please cosponsor H.R. 4323, which will reduce the DNA backlog and bring rapists to justice. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE NAME],

Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. More than half of these crimes are never reported to police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. We can, and must, do better.

As a constituent, I ask you to cosponsor H.R. 4323, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014. There’s a huge backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases. We need your help to end this problem and take rapists off the streets. This is important to me because ______. This bi-partisan bill will help reduce the DNA backlog in rape cases, bring more efficiency and transparency to the criminal justice system, and justice to victims of rape. I urge you to join your colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 4323, introduced by Representatives Goodlatte (R-VA) and Bass (D-CA).

Sincerely,

Call talking points

  • My name is ___ and I am a constituent.
  • Did you know that every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted and that 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail? We can, and must, do better.
  • That’s why I’m calling to encourage [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to cosponsor H.R. 4323, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014, a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Representatives Goodlatte and Bass.
  • H.R. 4323 will help end the DNA backlog in rape cases, bringing more efficiency and transparency to the criminal justice system, and justice to rape victims.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for the Representative's support of this important legislation.


Ask Congress to Increase Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence and their Children

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 2772, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. If they already have, say thanks!

2. Spread the Word.
Share this alert with your friends and family via Facebook and

3. Stay Informed.
Receive updates and alerts on these and other RAINN policy priorities.

Here’s What to Say:

Tweet:
[INSERT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE'S TWITTER HANDLE] please cosponsor H.R. 2772, which would increase protections for rape survivors and their children. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE NAME],

One out of every six women and one out of every 33 men are victims of sexual assault – 20 million Americans in all, according to the Department of Justice. Thousands of rape-related pregnancies occur annually in the U.S., and many survivors elect to raise children conceived in rape. In some instances, rapists instigate custody battles or use the threat of asserting their parental rights to further manipulate and victimize survivors.

As a constituent, I ask you to cosponsor H.R. 2772, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act of 2013, which incentivizes states to pass laws that prevent rapists from asserting parental rights over children conceived as a result of their crime. A number of states already have such laws on the books.

This matters to me because _______, and I will look for your support of H.R. 2772, introduced by Representatives Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Marino (R-PA).

Sincerely,

Call talking points:

  • My name is ___ and I am a constituent.
  • Did you know that every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted?
  • Thousands of rape-related pregnancies occur annually in the U.S., and many survivors choose to raise children conceived in rape. Sometimes, rapists instigate custody battles or use the threat of asserting their parental rights to further victimize and manipulate survivors.
  • A handful of states have passed laws to block this practice, and I’d like the Representative to support H.R. 2772, introduced by Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Marino, which will encourage other states to follow suit.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for the Representative's support of this important legislation.

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