Letter-writing effort calls for federal reform

At the Fourth Annual Joyful Revolution Gala in New York City hundreds of Joyful Heart supporters gathered to honor Joyful Heart's work to heal, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The literal centerpiece of much of the evening in the area was a letter writing campaign, through with attendees signed letters addressed to members of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, each one asking for their leadership to end the rape kit backlog. By the end of the evening, over 400 letters were signed-almost one for each guest in attendance. They arrived to the offices of Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees-Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Lamar Smith, respectively-and dozens of individual representatives with a message that we support comprehensive, compassionate and victim-centered rape kit reform from the federal government.

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