TAASA: TRUE HEROES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E567]
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            TAASA: TRUE HEROES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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                              HON. TED POE

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, this week, the Texas Association 
Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) received the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public 
Policy Award as part of the Department of Justice's National Crime 
Victims' Service Awards.
  Since its founding in 1982, TAASA's work has changed the lives of 
sexual assault survivors in Texas and throughout our great country.
  TAASA serves as a powerful voice for the Texas sexual assault 
movement.
  Their work in prevention, training, and advocacy is unparalleled.
  TAASA has successfully advocated for legislation to protect and serve 
victims of sexual assault on the federal and state level.
  Like true Texans, they fight hard and do not back down when they know 
something is right.
  Most recently, TAASA played a critical role in the passage of the 
bipartisan SAFER Act, which I introduced to help reduce the rape kit 
backlog, bring justice to victims of sexual assault and put 
perpetrators behind bars where they belong.
  As co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims' Rights 
Caucus, it is reassuring that there is such an effective group 
advocating on behalf of victims. And, of course I'm proud that they're 
from the great State of Texas.
  I congratulate TAASA on their award and commend their important work.
  And that's just the way it is.

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