Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) was awarded with the Congressional Crime Fighter Award 2007-2008 by the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) for his exemplary service as a Member of Congress to bring justice to victims of crime and supporting measures to raise awareness and end sexual violence.

When I was an assistant district attorney and judge in Texas, I learned a lot about sexual assault and the devastation it has on victims, said Poe.During those 30 years, I came to understand that it is a fate far worse than death.

I am honored to be recognized by RAINN, continued Poe. We must continue to educate our fellow citizens and promote justice for sexual assault victims, because justice is what we do in America.

Congressman Poe has sponsored numerous resolutions to recognize victims of crime, advocacy agencies and law enforcement. He recently cosponsored the National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month of 2008, National Crime Victims Rights Week Act of 2008, Criminal Justice Month of 2008 and the Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act to addresses the need to increase legal services for victims of domestic violence by creating a coordinated, nationwide system of attorney referrals to assist domestic violence victims.

Congressman Poe is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. As a former criminal court judge and prosecutor for over 30 years in Houston, Texas, Poe is recognized nationally for his creative sentencing of criminals and as a dedicated advocate for law enforcement, victims and children.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization and has been ranked as one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. The Crime Fighter Award program recognizes congressional support of sexual assault issues, bipartisan efforts, and leadership in pursuing legislation.