Jan 152015
 

Nearly one out of every three American women have reported being assaulted, beaten or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Similarly, nearly 1,200 American women, or one-third of all female homicide victims, are killed by current or former husbands and boyfriends. Perhaps somewhere around 3 million American women are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners each year. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women, eclipsing car crashes, muggings and rapes combined. Family violence costs the nation at least $6 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters, foster care, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity. More than 3 million stalking incidents are reported to authorities in an average year. In reports by stalking victims, nearly 70% were stalked by an intimate partner, while 13% were stalked by a stranger. Nearly 70% of women killed by a stalker were intimate with their murderer in the prior year.

Pending Legislations:

S.47 & H.R.393 – Domestic Violence Judicial Support Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current domestic violence policy and wish to defeat S.47 & H.R.393

I support authorizing grants for supervised visitation and safe visitation exchange of children and youth by and between parents in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, or stalking; and training court-related and child protective services workers on the dynamics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault (including child sexual abuse), and stalking, and wish to pass S.47 & H.R.393

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Jan 152015
 

Hate crimes are threats or acts of violence based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability of the people targeted. Hate crimes have been said to be acts of domestic terrorism because the intention of the perpetrator is to intimidate and terrorize all members of the targeted group. Human rights advocates say the problem is sufficiently serious and widespread to warrant federal assistance to local law enforcement agencies. Critics of hate crime laws claim they are unconstitutional because they criminalize a defendant’s thought process. However, our Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of these laws. In 2011, law enforcement agencies reported more than 6,200 victims of hate crime incidents. Nearly half of these incidents were related to race bias. Sexual orientation and religious bias accounted for about 20% each, and bias against ethnicity or national origin accounted for about 10%. The number of hate crimes against perceived Muslims increased to nearly 160 in 2010 and 2011, after decreasing in the years following 9/11. Jewish people and institutions accounted for nearly 65% of all religion-based hate crimes in 2011. Civil rights advocates claim the vast majority of hate crimes are never reported and many others are mischaracterized as non-hate crimes by law enforcement.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.90 – David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current hate crime policy and wish to defeat H.R.90

I support imposing penalties for willfully causing bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive device, attempting to cause such injury, whether or not acting under color of law, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of any person, where the offense is in or affects interstate or foreign commerce, and wish to pass H.R.90

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Jan 152015
 

Victim advocate groups claim FBI statistics on the incidence of sexual assault in America, including date rape and spousal rape, are greatly understated. Advocates claim less than half of all sexual assaults are reported to authorities and less than 5% of all rapists ever spend a day in jail. Studies have shown that from 2000 to 2005, 59% of rapes were not reported to law enforcement. Nearly half of all rape victims are under 18 years of age, and 80% are under 30. More than two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Estimates of the number of American women raped each year range from 200,000 to 1.3 million, depending on the definition of a rape and the source of the report. Even so, the 24% arrest rate for rape is the same now as it was in the ‘70s. In the police departments of many American cities, completed DNA rape kits sit and wait for testing that can sometimes take years or even decades. There have been several efforts made to catch up on this national testing backlog but more than 400,000 DNA samples are still waiting to be tested.

Many say the number of student sexual assaults occurring in colleges and universities is staggering. Since the 1980s, anonymous multi-campus national surveys of thousands of college students consistently show that one in every four American women survive rape or attempted rape during their college career. Advocates say colleges and universities, fearing negative publicity, are not proactive in investigating, apprehending, or prosecuting those responsible for this vast number of violent crimes. Advocates say the first point of contact is crucial for all sexually assaulted women. Some schools require victim advisors to report rape cases they learn about, which may discourage students from seeking help. Others assign a confidential adviser, who explains the reporting process while making sure that services are available for her. This approach has helped increase the number of victims who do go to the police. A recent survey of 440 colleges showed that many ignore provisions of Title IX, which requires them to prevent and investigate sexual assaults, and the Clery Act, which orders colleges to report violent incidents to authorities.

Pending Legislations:

S.80 & H.R.354 – SAFER Act of 2013

H.R.840 – To improve services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence

I oppose reforming current sexual assault policy and wish to defeat S.80 & H.R.354 and H.R 840

I support awarding grants to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing; and ensuring that the collection and processing of DNA evidence by law enforcement agencies from crimes is carried out in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with specified protocols and practices, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce S.80 or H.R.354 – SAFER Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof

I support increasing from 0.125% to 1.5% the allocation of appropriations to each of the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for grants to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other programs and projects to assist those victimized by sexual assault, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce H.R.840 – To improve services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof

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