Congress is now considering the federal budget for the fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2013. Help us ensure that these programs, which have been proven to reduce sexual violence and help victims, are funded. We’re asking Congress to:
Ask Congress to prioritize funding for these programs.
The Debbie Smith Act is considered by many to be the most important anti-rape legislation ever passed by Congress. It is named after rape survivor Debbie Smith, whose perpetrator was caught through CODIS, the national DNA database. Learn more and help us pass S.822, the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2013. S. 822 will renew the program and help us assess and reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence from open rape cases (commonly known as rape kits) and bring perpetrators to justice.
Thousands of rape-related pregnancies occur annually in the United States, and many survivors choose to raise children conceived in rape. A number of states already have laws on the books that block rapists from asserting parental rights, such as custody and visitation, over children conceived as a result of their crime. To incentivize the rest of the country to pass such laws, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2772, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. Help us pass H.R. 2772 and increase protections for survivors and their children.
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