WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) joined Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) to introduce a bipartisan Congressional Resolution, H.Res. 269, recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. They were joined by 52 cosponsors on the resolution.

“Sexual violence persists in our armed forces, on our college campuses, in our workplaces, and in every corner of America,” Rep. Speier said. “I refuse to let these injustices be swept under the rug, which is why I am proud to support National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, as well as many other initiatives to combat all forms of sexual violence. Survivors of sexual violence deserve the support of their Congressional leaders not just in speeches and pronunciations, but in our deeds and action.”

“Sexual assault must end. This issue has personally impacted my family like so many other families. I care deeply about improving support systems for survivors,” Rep. Reed said. “Only by working together will we stop this tragedy. Having a network of support will reassure victims at their most vulnerable time. They need to know that if they decide to come forward, we will believe them, and will hold their attackers accountable for their crimes.”

Studies show one-in-five women and one-in-71 men have been raped, with children and young adults at the greatest risk of suffering sexual assault. Further, less than half of survivors of sexual assault pursue prosecution by reporting their attack to law enforcement, making sexual assault the most underreported violent crime.

Rep. Speier is a recognized champion for the rights of sexual assault survivors. She has sponsored the bipartisan Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act, which would strengthen prevention and enforcement efforts to combat campus sexual violence. She has also led reform efforts in the House Armed Services Committee as the Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee to reform the military justice system, establish resources to help survivors of sexual assault in our military, and addressed the issue of nonconsensual pornography destroying the lives and careers of too many of our brave servicemembers, including the recent Marines United attacks, with the introduction of H.R. 1588, the Servicemembers Intimate Privacy Protection Act (SIPPA).