Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Venice), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, recently received the Congressional “Crime Fighter of the Year” award from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Harman was recognized for her commitment to fighting against sexual assault, particularly in the military, according to the network.

“As a woman and public official, I truly appreciate RAINN’s efforts to curb sexual violence, and am honored to receive its ‘Crime Fighter of the Year’ award,” Harman said.

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network is considered the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.

The “Crime Fighter of the Year” award is presented to members of Congress who work to “bring sex offenders to justice, enhance services for victims of sexual assault and reduce the incidence of rape.”

A strong advocate for women’s issues, Harman recently published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about the Pentagon’s failure to prevent and prosecute sexual assault in the military.

Harman’s piece can be found at www.house.gov/list/hearing/ca36_harman/March31.shtml/.

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