Delaney Statement on Sexual Assault Awareness Month
WASHINGTON – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on prevention. SAAM was first observed nationally in 2001. In 2009, the month was recognized by presidential proclamation for the first time. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, 18% of women reported being raped in their lifetime.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement on Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
“Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important reminder of the necessity of using every tool at our disposal to stop sexual assault and support victims. This month, gives us a chance to recommit ourselves in the fight against this devastating crime and to further build a culture of consent and respect. Everyone should feel safe from sexual violence, whether they’re in their home, on a college campus, or in our Armed Forces. The fact that nearly one in five women experiences rape in their lifetime is an outrage and it means our work is far from over. It’s our job to act as a voice for victims and Sexual Assault Awareness Month helps to provide a foundation for raising awareness, teaching prevention and building respect.”
On March 20, 2015, Congressman Delaney joined colleagues in writing to the House Committee on Appropriations requesting maintained and increased support for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and related programs. VAWA programs help survivors find safety and receive services while strengthening the work of law enforcement to hold perpetrators accountable. Last Congress, Delaney cosponsored the VAWA Reauthorization Act, a version of which was signed into law on March 7, 2013.