Choose Respect Act would aim to change cultural attitudes around violence toward women
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan is introducing a bill aimed at changing the culture around sexual assault and domestic violence by educating young men.
The Choose Respect Act would direct the Office of Violence Against Women to fund a national ad campaign. It's part of a three-part initiative focused on stemming sexual assault and domestic violence.
"This is an issue that affects all of us—all races, all income levels, all ages, all across our country," Sen. Sullivan wrote in a statement Wednesday.
He says Alaskans feel the impact of violence against women too.
“Nearly three-in-ten women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by a partner—and the statistics are even more horrifying in Alaska,” Sullivan wrote.
The bill is a continuation of a statewide initiative Sullivan worked on while serving as attorney general of Alaska.
The Choose Respect Act is co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.
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