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Throughout Women’s History Month, House Republicans are celebrating the many incredible accomplishments of women across America. While it’s important to recognize the great things women from all generations have achieved, this is also an opportunity to highlight the issues women face but are often overlooked. For many, it’s the reality of sexual violence and assault.
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) is committed to not only bringing sexual violence and assault to light, but to eradicating these issues once and for all. As a mother, a woman, and a lawmaker, Wagner has a deep understanding of the indispensable value in fighting violence and rape in America. In an op-ed published on CNN Online, Wagner discusses the agenda House Republicans are building to restore a more confident America, where women can feel secure in their lives and their futures.
On the Reality of Sexual Assault | “Sexual assault and rape occur every day across the country, right in our local communities. One in five American women are victims of sexual assault. …What’s even more troubling is that more than 40% of these victims are our children, reporting they were first raped before they were 18 years old. …a staggering 68% of rape victims do not report their assault to law enforcement. As a woman, I recognize the unfair stigma and unreasonable shame associated with sexual assault.”
On Eradicating Violence Against Women | “… As we recognize Women’s History Month throughout March, we must train our sights both on the future of women and on putting an end to the horrific, crushing crimes they face. … I am heartened to see leaders and celebrities speak out about sexual assault, most recently with Lady Gaga’s performance at the Oscars. …I vow to provide a better future for the next generation of women and their daughters. Last year I co-sponsored the bipartisan Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights, federal legislation that provides a list of recommended protections and procedures for states to voluntarily adopt that would ensure sexual assault victims have access to justice.”
On Continuing the Fight | “As we celebrate Women’s History Month and recognize all of the great accomplishments of women before us, we must remain committed to providing opportunities and protections for future generations. I am resolute in fighting until the day this heinous crime of sexual assault is no longer a story in our living history…”
To read the full op-ed, click here.