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!

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!

Advocacy Day Is Still On!

Due to Covid-19, OAESV has rescheduled our in-person Advocacy Day to September 17, but maintained our April 22 Advocacy Day and shifted to a virtual platform. 


  • 9:00-9:15am Introduction, Rosa Beltré, Executive Director, OAESV
  • 9:15-9:30am Keynote Representative Emilia Strong Sykes, Minority Party Leader Ohio House of Representatives
  • 9:30-9:40am Representative Laura Lanese
  • 9:40-9:45am Ryn Farmer, Director of Day One of Crime Victim Services
  • 9:45-10:00am Senator Nickie Antonio
  • 10:00-10:30am Representatives Scott Lipps and Brigid Kelly, Co-Sponsors of Erin’s Law
  • 10:30-10:45am Keynote Lynn Rosenthal, President of Center for Family Safety and Healing of Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • 10:45-11:00am Thank you and technical questions with Camille Crary, Director of Legal Services and Policy, OAESV, Closing from Rosa Beltré



In this unprecedented time, lawmakers and their staffs are focusing on the needs of Ohio’s most vulnerable as they work from home. OAESV has reached out and confirmed with state and federal lawmakers that they are comfortable meeting over the phone or via Facetime. After you register, OAESV will send a survey about your tech preferences and will connect with you individually to offer support for your legislative meeting.

Everything You Need for Advocacy Day

All attendees, please download the documents below prior to the Advocacy Day webinar and meetings, or come back and access these links during the program:

Click here to download a zip file containing all of the above documents.

Why Virtual Advocacy Day Is So Important

Lobbying firms representing an array of interests are still meeting with lawmakers. It is important to maintain our communications with our representatives and senators, so that when they come back from this unexpected break, they keep survivors and rape crisis programs in mind with further crisis planning, future budgets, and legislative efforts.

Questions? Please reach out to ccrary@oaesv.org!