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Thank you to all who attended OAESV’s 7th Annual Advocacy Day!
OAESV is truly thankful for everyone’s participation in our 7th Annual Advocacy Day to End Sexual Violence at the Statehouse on April 8. Your passionate advocacy left a strong impression on lawmakers, several of whom added their names to Representative Lanese and Representative Galonski's amendments to increase the Rape Crisis Centers Line Item in the Ohio Operating Budget. The visual impact of our attendance also left impressions on the Attorney General and Governor's offices, both of whom have reached out to discuss policy priorities mentioned on Advocacy Day.
Your inspiring stories and impactful descriptions of your work with survivors are invaluable to achieving legislative progress for survivors, and we cannot adequately express our gratitude for your time and efforts.
What is Advocacy Day?
Since 2013, OAESV's Annual Advocacy Day to End Sexual Violence has provided advocates, survivors, and interested members of the public with the opportunity to express the importance of sexual violence advocacy and prevention to members of the Ohio Legislature. The one-on-one meetings with lawmakers provide invaluable opportunities for rape crisis professionals to share insight on pending legislation and make informed requests for funding increases. It is simply the best opportunity to have our voices heard in the place where laws are made!