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.

✔ Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence.
✔ Increase Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Their Children.

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.


Tell Congress to Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and Senators and ask them to support funding that helps survivors and holds perpetrators accountable.

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 MEMBER’S TWITTER HANDLE] please support funding to help victims of sexual violence and hold offenders accountable. @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 support FY 2015 funding that helps victims of sexual violence and takes serial criminals off our streets. We need programs that give survivors the assistance they need and deserve, and programs that help us catch and hold their perpetrators accountable. 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 encourage [REPRESENTATIVE NAME/SENATOR NAME], to support FY 2015 funding that helps victims of sexual violence and takes serial criminals off our streets.
  • We need funding to support programs that give survivors the assistance they need and deserve, and programs that help us catch and hold their perpetrators accountable – to keep other innocent citizens safe.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for [REPRESENTATIVE NAME/SENATOR NAME] support.

Ask Congress to Increase Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence and their Children

1. Make the Ask.
Email, call, and/or Tweet your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 2772, the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. If they already have, say thanks! Then check to see if your Senator(s) supports the Senate version of this legislation, S. 2443. If not, ask them to!

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 {H.R. 2772 or S. 2443], which would increase protections for rape survivors and their children. @rainn01 #ActWithRAINN

Email:
Dear [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] OR [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. Thousands of rape-related pregnancies occur annually in the U.S., and many survivors elect to raise children conceived in rape. In some instances, rapists instigate custody battles or use the threat of asserting their parental rights to further manipulate and victimize survivors.

As a constituent, I ask you to cosponsor [H.R. 2772/S. 2443], the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, which incentivizes states to pass laws that prevent rapists from asserting parental rights over children conceived as a result of their crime. A number of states already have such laws on the books.

This matters to me because _______, and I will look for your support of [H.R. 2772/S. 2443], introduced by [Representatives Waserman Schultz (D-FL) and Marino (R-PA) or Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Sincerely,

Call talking points:

  • My name is ___ and I am a constituent.
  • Did you know that every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted?
  • Thousands of rape-related pregnancies occur annually in the U.S., and many survivors choose to raise children conceived in rape. Sometimes, rapists instigate custody battles or use the threat of asserting their parental rights to further victimize and manipulate survivors.
  • A handful of states have passed laws to block this practice, and I’d like the Representative to support [H.R. 2772 OR S. 2443], introduced by [Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Marino OR Senators Brown and Ayotte], which will encourage other states to follow suit.
  • This is important to me because ___________.
  • Thank you and I will be watching for the Representative's support of this important legislation.

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