Lawmakers offer bipartisan resolution highlighting sexual assault prevention

House lawmakers on Friday introduced a bipartisan resolution that aims to highlight efforts to prevent sexual assault.

Reps. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierMomentum grows to create 'Do Not Track' registry Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller House Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-N.Y.) are spearheading a measure that would designate April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

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The resolution, which has 28 co-sponsors, calls for educating the public about sexual violence and boosting sexual assault prevention programs, as well as improved treatment for survivors and increased prosecution of perpetrators.

The resolution cites statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network showing that for every 1,000 rapes committed, only about 330 are reported to law enforcement officials, with just six of those cases leading to a felony conviction.

“The reckoning we’ve seen in every sector across the country against those who use their positions of power to not only commit abuses, but to get away with them, has erupted into a national awakening and pushed our fight against sexual violence forward,” Speier said in a statement Friday.

The measure comes about two years into the "MeToo" era, which has changed the political landscape as more and more victims go public in describing incidents ranging from sexual harassment and misconduct to assault. 

“Every 92 seconds another American is sexually assaulted,” Reed said. “We care about the men, women and children who have been the unfair victims of these heinous crimes, and cannot afford to let survivors live in shame and in the shadows any longer.”