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Powerful New Ad Highlights Franken’s Work To Help Survivors Of Sexual Assault

Powerful New Ad Highlights Franken’s Work To Help Survivors Of Sexual Assault
Women’s advocate explains Franken’s successful fight on behalf of survivors of sexual assault

ST. PAUL [10/02/14]— Before the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, many survivors of sexual assault had to pay for their own rape kits. It was Sen. Al Franken who successfully included a provision in the bill to end this shameful practice.

This is the story depicted by Marcia Avner, a women’s advocate, in the new 30-second statewide ad released today by the Franken campaign called “Common Decency.”

“If you’re the victim of sexual assault, it’s very difficult to go to the police. Women often have to endure four to six hours of evidence being collected from their bodies. That’s commonly called a rape kit,” Avner explains in the ad.

Until recently, in many cases survivors of sexual assault actually had to pay for their own rape kits up front, and then endure the unnecessary humiliation of seeking reimbursement. After hearing from advocates and survivors of sexual assault, Sen. Franken authored and passed a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that got this shameful law changed to ensure that sexual assault survivors no longer have to suffer the indignity of having to pay for their own rape kits.

“It was Senator Al Franken who got this practice outlawed. He understood this was a matter of common sense and common decency,” Avner says.

Documentation of the ad can be found here.

TRANSCRIPT:

MARCIA AVNER: If you’re the victim of sexual assault, it’s very difficult to go to the police. Women often have to endure four to six hours of evidence being collected from their bodies. That’s commonly called a rape kit. What’s not commonly known is that until last year, many victims had to pay for their own rape kits. It was Senator Al Franken who got this practice outlawed. He understood this was a matter of common sense and common decency.

AL FRANKEN: I’m Al Franken. I approve this message.

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