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OAESV Advocacy Day 2021 - Embrace Your Voice, Tell Your Story

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. After the main event, 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!

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When registering for workshops:

  • Please Select the Main Advocacy Day event to attend the Virtual Event - 9AM-11AM
  • Legislative Meetings: if you are available to join a Legislative Meeting, please select all time slots available for you and register for the Advocacy Day Prep Webinar. If you cannot attend, you will receive the Recording to give you instructions to prepare. OAESV staff will follow up with you on details on the time slot confirmed for you, how to join your legislative meeting, help you prepare, and introduce your meeting members. This is the best way to have our voices heard and we can't wait to work alongside you to create important policy and culture shifts.

ASL Interpreters and English Captions will be provided.


Monika Johnson Hostler is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) since 2003. In addition to working on behalf of 90 rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Monika is a pivotal asset to the national sexual assault movement. Johnson Hostler, serves as the president of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV). She received her master’s degree in public administration from NC Central University. Her leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement and the public education field are examples of her commitment to social justice and equality

Terri Poore is the Policy Director of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Advocating for social justice, especially for survivors and sexual violence prevention, is her passion. Terri has shared her expertise through positions at the Resource Sharing Project, the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, where she served as Director of Public Affairs for 13 years. In the ’90s, Terri worked as a sexual violence counselor and program coordinator at a rape crisis center in North Florida and as a victim advocate in the Office of the State Attorney.

Congressman David Joyce has represented Ohio's 14th Congressional District since 2012. During his third term, Congressman Joyce co-founded the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence and continues to co-chair the Task Force today. Congressman Joyce actively supported VAWA reauthorization amid the pandemic and voted for its passage in the House on March 17

Senator Antonio, the Assistant Minority Leader, is honored to be serving her first term in the Ohio Senate after four terms in the Ohio House. She is a dedicated champion of workers’ rights, high-quality education, local governments, equal rights for women and the LGBTQ+ community, health care for all, and fighting the opioid crisis. Antonio is the Ranking Member on the Health and Transportation committees and sits on the Finance, Higher Education and Workforce, and Ways and Means committees. The first in her family to graduate from college, Antonio holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU. She and her wife live in Lakewood and are the proud parents of two daughters.

Senator Matt Dolan is serving his second term in the Ohio Senate, representing Cuyahoga County – home to the largest rape crisis program in the United States. Senator Dolan is Chair of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Prior to joining the legislature, Senator Dolan was active in the community, where he served on several boards, including the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, LifeAct, the Rio Grande University Board of Trustees, and Cleveland Sports Charities. He also sat on the Case Western Reserve University Advisory Committee and the Cleveland Foodbank Strategic Planning Committee. He is currently a member of the Cleveland City Club and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

State Senator Teresa Fedor is a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 11th District.  She returns to the Senate, where she previously served from 2002-2010, following eight years as the Ohio Representative for the 45th and 47th House Districts. Throughout her legislative career, Senator Fedor has championed responsive and responsible government. She brings with her both expertise and an accomplished body of legislative work focused predominantly on education, health care, and human trafficking where she is considered the state’s preeminent legislative voice in the fight to combat it. A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard, Senator Fedor spent 18 years in the classroom at Toledo Public Schools before first pursuing elected office in 2000 (Ohio House of Representatives, 52nd District). She received her Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Education from the University of Toledo.

A graduate of Cleveland Heights’ Beaumont School, Juanita Brent always knew she wanted to serve the communities she calls home. As a member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Women’s Caucus and a

former member of the board of trustees for the Health Care Service Corporation, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the country, Brent knows how important it is to provide women and families with access to affordable, quality health care. Prior to holding elected office, Brent also worked as a field director for the Ohio Democratic Party and founded Social Society Cleveland, a nonprofit professional networking organization. She currently sits on the board of the Harvard Community Services Center’s Lee-Harvard Community Development Center and is eager to bring her experience building and organizing strong communities to Columbus.

As the first black female mayor of Toledo, State Rep. Paula Hicks Hudson has always exhibited a commitment to empowering and helping people improve their quality of life. She currently represents Ohio’s 44th House District, which includes central Toledo. Rep. Hudson’s purpose has centered on improving the quality of her community through her hard work in the public and private sectors. During her 35-year professional career, she has worked as an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, assistant public defender, and assistant state attorney general. From 1998-2002, she served as the legislative director of the Toledo City Council. Following that, she served as the director and deputy director of the Lucas County Board of Elections and chief legal counsel to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management under Governor Ted Strickland. Rep. Hudson’s commitment to community empowerment and revitalization has also led her to serve on the following boards and organizations: the NAACP, the YWCA, the Frederick Douglass Community Center, Toledo Youth Hostel, the African American Law Enforcement Agents, Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, and the state and national Federations of Business and Professional Women, Inc. She is also the past president of the Thurgood Marshall law Association and the Toledo Women’s Bar Association.

Serving House District 31, Rep. Brigid Kelly focuses on issues impacting children and families, including investing in local schools, supporting paid sick and family leave, creating and sustaining good wages and affordable health benefits, and maintaining worker safety. In the 133rd and 134th General Assemblies, Rep. Kelly has worked with Rep. Lipps to introduce Erin's Law, House Bill 321. One of OAESV's top legislative priorities, Erin's Law would require age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention education in Ohio schools.