WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) joined Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) to introduce a bipartisan resolution recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. They were joined by 44 cosponsors on the resolution.

“From the military to college campuses to society at large, we are still fighting for climates free from harassment and sexual violence,” said Speier. “Sexual assault survivors deserve our support in speech and action. We are all affected by sexual assault and we each have a role in preventing these crimes, from direct intervention to opposing an environment that leaves far too many perpetrators unpunished. I am proud to support National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month as well as many other initiatives to combat sexual assault and help survivors.”

“We care about the survivors of sexual assault and want to come together to stop this preventable tragedy,” said Reed. “This is something that has personally impacted my family and we need to stand with these survivors. They need to know that if they come forward, we will believe them, and hold their attackers accountable. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Congresswoman Speier is a recognized champion for the rights of sexual assault survivors. She has introduced 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 to reform the military justice system and and establish resources to help survivors of sexual assault in our military.