RAINN Action Center

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.

✔ Support efforts to address the rape kit backlog and to ensure every victim in America continues to have access to free, confidential support.
✔ Support enhanced victims’ rights protections.
✔ Increase Protections for Students and Accountability for Schools in Regard to Sexual Violence.

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.


Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016.

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and Senators and ask them to cosponsor the Justice for All Reauthorization Act. 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/SENATOR's TWITTER HANDLE] please cosponsor the JFAA @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 cosponsor the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (“JFAA”). 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 America’s streets. This is important to me because ____. This bi-partisan, cost-saving 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. It will also help to ensure that all victims of sexual assault, and their family members, have access to 24-7, free, confidential support through services like the National Sexual Assault Hotlines.

This bill has strong bi-partisan support and I urge you to join your colleagues in cosponsoring it.

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 yet 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail?
  • That’s why I’m calling to urge you to be part of the solution, by cosponsoring the Justice for All Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Senators Cornyn and Leahy and Representatives Poe and Costa.
  • The bill will help end the backlog of untested rape kit evidence and bring more efficiency and transparency to the criminal justice system.
  • Thank you for your time.

Tell Congress to Support Survivors’ Rights

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and Senators and ask them to support efforts to protect and enhance survivors’ rights.

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 SENATOR’S TWITTER HANDLE] please support S. 2566 & ensure survivors have the info they need to make informed decisions. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear 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 S. 2566. This common-sense legislation helps to ensure that no matter where in the country they happen to reside, survivors of sexual violence will have access to things like a clear summary of their rights in the criminal justice system and clear guidance as to how and when rape-kit evidence will be preserved. 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, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted and that 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail? We can, and must, do better.
  • I’m calling to ask [SENATOR NAME], to cosponsor S. 2566, the Sexual Assault Survivors Act.
  • This common-sense bill helps to ensure all victims - no matter where in the country they happen to live - have access to clear statements of their rights, including information about rape kit preservation policies.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for [SENATOR NAME] support.

Ask Your Senator(s) and Representative to cosponsor S. 590/H.R. 1310, The Campus Accountability and Safety Act

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Senator or Tweet your Representative
and ask him or her to cosponsor, if they have not already, S. 590/H.R. 1310, the Campus Accountability and Safety 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 SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE'S TWITTER HANDLE] please cosponsor [S. 590/H.R. 1310], which will help keep students safer and remove rapists from college campuses. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear [INSERT SENATOR 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. Those who are of college age face a higher risk of sexual assault than any other age group. Despite this, a recent survey of colleges and universities found that 41 percent of colleges have not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past five years. We can - and must - do better.

As a constituent, I ask you to cosponsor [S. 590/H.R. 1310], the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will help address the way colleges deal with sexual violence, and increase the number of prosecutions to take rapists off the streets and make students safer.

This matters to me because _______, and I will look for your support of [S. 590/H.R. 1310].

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 college-aged individuals face a higher risk than any other group?
  • A recent survey of colleges and universities found that 41 percent of colleges have not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past five years.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for the [Senator's/Representative’s] support of this important legislation.


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