WASHINGTON – Chautauqua County’s representative in Congress is offering his support in raising awareness in the fight against Sexual Assault. This week is national NO MORE Week, organized by the NO MORE Campaign, created to fight sexual assault and domestic violence.
On Friday, Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) gave an emotional speech on the House floor about the campaign and at one point, he made the issue personal by saying his own niece was recently the victim of a sexual assault.
“We’ve been working with the NO MORE Campaign and other advocacy groups out there and I thought it was timely given that March 17 was the kickoff date to go the floor, share our story with the country,” Reed explained. “But most importantly, to try and be an additional voice to make sure that people are aware of sexual assault is doing to people in America and what domestic violence does to people in America.”
Reed said that he hopes the his role and personal involvement in the campaign will help to bring the conversation about sexual assault more out into the open. He said that people should not be afraid to talk about sexual assault and the country needs to change the culture and empower women and men to know how to respond in sexual assault situations and also how to raise awareness.