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  • SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • HATE CRIMES
Winning Issue » SEXUAL ASSAULT


Victim advocate groups claim FBI statistics on the incidence of sexual assault in America, including date rape and spousal rape, are greatly understated. Advocates claim less than half of all sexual assaults are reported to authorities and less than 5% of all rapists ever spend a day in jail. Studies have shown that from 2000 to 2005, 59% of rapes were not reported to law enforcement. Nearly half of all rape victims are under 18 years of age, and 80% are under 30. More than two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Estimates of the number of American women raped each year range from 200,000 to 1.3 million, depending on the definition of a rape and the source of the report. Even so, the 24% arrest rate for rape is the same now as it was in the ‘70s. In the police departments of many American cities, completed DNA rape kits sit and wait for testing that can sometimes take years or even decades. There have been several efforts made to catch up on this national testing backlog but more than 400,000 DNA samples are still waiting to be tested.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1257 - Rape Survivor Child Custody Act
S.1071 - Fairness for Victims of Crime Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current sexual assault policy and wish to defeat H.R.1257 - Rape Survivor Child Custody Act or S.1071 - Fairness for Victims of Crime Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support awarding grants to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing; ensuring the collection and processing of DNA evidence by law enforcement agencies from crimes is carried out in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with specified protocols and practices, and wish to either reintroduce S.80 or H.R.354 - SAFER Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Ted Poe (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support directing the Attorney General to make grants to states that have in place a law that allows the mother of any child that was conceived through rape to seek court-ordered termination of the parental rights of her rapist with regard to that child, which the court shall grant upon clear and convincing evidence of rape, and wish to pass H.R.1257 - Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (WI) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to expand the amount available for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crimes, and wish to pass S.1071 - Fairness for Victims of Crime Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Rep. Pat Toomey (PA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support awarding grants to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing; ensuring the collection and processing of DNA evidence by law enforcement agencies from crimes is carried out in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with specified protocols and practices, and wish to either reintroduce S.80 or H.R.354 - SAFER Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Ted Poe (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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