For Immediate Release
April 1, 2022
EMILYs List Recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“This month, EMILY's List stands with all survivors—those who have come forward to speak out against sexual assault and against their abusers, and those who have been intimidated into silence. We condemn the difficulties survivors too often face in the fight for justice. We also stand in staunch opposition to Republican-led attacks on abortion, recognizing that they further marginalize and endanger survivors of rape and incest. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it is imperative that we support survivors by continuing to elect Democratic pro-choice women who will not only defend survivors in their pursuit of justice, but also champion their access to critical health care needs.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.