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Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

At Planned Parenthood, we take allegations of sexual assault very seriously and we believe sexual assault survivors deserve to be heard and should be treated with dignity and respect; we know that coming forward is not easy and commend their bravery. Planned Parenthood stands with sexual assault survivors.

“We are proud to support sexual assault survivors by offering vital sexual and reproductive health care services, education, and resources in a safe and nonjudgmental environment they may need after experiencing an assault; by working toward preventing sexual assault in the first place through our consent and healthy relationships education; and by advocating for better policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault.

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.