It's true--we're having a Fall Advocacy Day! The COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers for sexual violence and child sexual abuse survivors needing critical recovery resources. Federal funding cuts announced in the past couple of weeks will cut rape crisis budgets by 25%. We need our lawmakers’ support now more than ever.
To that end, OAESV is broadcasting a live Advocacy Day to End Sexual Violence on Thursday, September 17 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. To align with safety protocols, two OAESV staff will broadcast from the Statehouse Atrium, with lawmakers and service providers speaking one-at-a-time, most speaking with us virtually. And we invite you to watch our event live, which will be broadcast on Facebook!
Are you an advocate or other staff at a rape crisis program? Please consider scheduling a virtual meeting with your lawmakers during the week of our event (September 9/14 to 9/18), even if you just talked to them in April. They need to know how urgent your needs are, especially your funding needs. On September 4th from 1-2:30pm, you can also join OAESV for a walk through of our Advocacy Day to End Sexual Violence and a tutorial on scheduling and conducting meetings with the lawmakers from your (or your program's) district. Click here to register for this webinar that will help you prepare for your legislator meetings.
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!
Our 8th Annual Advocacy Day was held virtually on April 22, 2020. Click here or the image below to watch the recording of the webinar! Learn more about the guest speakers, important bills, and more here.