Target: Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States
Goal: Protect victims of sexual assault by creating a task force to set national standards and best practices.
Most hospitals across the country do not have appropriate sexual assault examiners on staff despite current mandates that federal funds be used to train and pay professionals for this purpose. According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office, this shortage leads to sexual assault victims not getting the treatment they need and their attackers often going free due to lack of forensic evidence collection at the time of the assault. In addition, the study found that the lack of examiners leads to long hours and a high turnover rate in the field.
Recently, Senators Patty Murray, Michael Bennet, and Al Franken proposed the creation of a task force to determine national standards for examiners, institute best practices for evidence collection and preservation, and work with hospitals to identify challenges in providing examiner pay and training. Demand this task force is created without delay to protect sexual assault victims across the country.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
Three prominent senators have proposed the creation of a task force to help sexual assault victims get the treatment, care, and evidence they need to heal after the attack. Currently, many hospitals do not have appropriate forensic examiners on staff to deal with sexual assault victims seeking treatment. Without proper evidence collection, the attackers often go free.
We demand this task force is immediately created to ensure future victims receive the appropriate care.
[Your Name Here]
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