Statements issued by NAESV on policy and current events:
NAESV Applauds Landmark Bipartisan Agreement to Address Military Sexual Assault in the National Defense Authorization Act
December 7, 2021:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence welcomed the report of the Department of Defense Internal Review Commission (IRC) on Sexual Assault in the Military along with the visionary leadership of President Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Now, the National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) agreement reached by Congress enshrines some of the major recommendations of the IRC ensuring that sexual assault and other major crimes are prosecuted by attorneys with specialized expertise independent from the chain of command. Read more.
October 22, 2021:
Today, the White House Gender Policy Council issued a historic first-ever strategy to address gender equity and equality with a government-wide, intersectional approach. Monika Johnson Hostler, President of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, gave the following statement…Read more.
October 5, 2021:
On behalf of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), representing 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions and more than 1500 local rape crisis centers, I respectfully submit this testimony in support of renewing, strengthening, and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Read more.
September 27, 2021:
Today, NAESV released the following statement after a federal jury in New York found R. Kelly guilty on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking. Read more.
September 1, 2021:
In June 2021, NAESV surveyed sexual assault coalitions to gather information about the ways that state/territory level policy development and advocacy is conducted by their organizations. Thirty-six coalitions responded to questions about staff, membership, and survivor engagement in public policy efforts; strategies for policy development and decision-making; and coalition building more broadly. This paper will also spotlight policy approaches from several coalitions, based on follow up conversations. Read more.
July 29, 2021:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) applauds the passage of The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA Fix) to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 which was signed into law on Thursday, July 22nd by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. After extensive federal, state, and local advocacy, the Senate passed the VOCA Fix Act in a strong bipartisan way with a vote of 100 to 0. The House overwhelmingly passed the VOCA Fix in March. Read more.
Building Alliances: Guidance for Sexual Violence Organizations Engaging in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Advocacy
The movement for reproductive health, rights, and justice* and the movement to end sexual violence share values, histories and goals. But far too often, our movements have been siloed, and opportunities to work collaboratively toward common goals have been overlooked. Sometimes this has been a result of calculated strategic choices, sometimes because of a misalignment in strategies and tactics, and sometimes a consequence of politics and polarization. Read more
June 24, 2021:
Pride Month is a time to celebrate the spectrum of ways humans can express themselves and build relationships. It’s also a time to acknowledge and address both the past and ongoing oppression of LGBTQ+ people and its intersection with racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Read more
June 16, 2021:
During Pride month, we commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 in 2021 and the extraordinary bravery of trans women of color, and we also highlight the disproportionate impact of sexual violence on LGBTQ communities. Within these communities, transgender people and bisexual women face the highest rates of sexual violence and lesbian, gay, and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than straight people. Read more
May 28, 2021:
On behalf of survivors, the nation’s 1500+ rape crisis centers, and the state and territorial sexual assault coalitions, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) applauds the President’s budget released today. Read more
May 7, 2021:
On April 29th the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence hosted a bipartisan, bicameral virtual congressional briefing in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In case you missed it, you can see the full briefing here.
April 19, 2021:
You’re invited to a bipartisan, bicameral virtual congressional briefing in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us on Thursday, March 29th at 2pm for VOCA & VAWA: Key Legislative & Funding Initiatives to Support Survivors & Prevent Sexual Violence. For more information and to register, click here.
April 1, 2021:
As April begins, and we gear up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we cannot help but reflect on the past year. Last April, rape crisis centers were quickly transitioning to virtual services while trying to meet the emergency needs of survivors and keep staff safe; while in person fundraisers and awareness events were being canceled in droves; and we were all reeling from the physical and social and emotional impact of the pandemic. At the same time, we continued wrestling as a nation with the dual pandemic of systemic racism. And then, in the fall, we voted in a historic presidential election with far-reaching consequences. As we continue to figure out the way forward together…
March 17, 2021:
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1620, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (VAWA). National Alliance to End Sexual Assault President, Monika Johnson Hostler said:
“On behalf of the 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions and more than 1500 local programs who provide the frontline response to sexual assault in their communities every day, I want to express the immense gratitude of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) to Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick and all of the co-sponsors and supporters of H.R. 1620, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women, as we…”
NAESV Celebrates American Rescue Plan Providing First COVID Relief Funding for Survivors of Sexual Assault
March 10, 2021:
Today, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan and sent this landmark legislation, so desperately needed, to President Biden’s desk for his signature. The American Rescue Plan sends a clear message to survivors of sexual assault: we hear you and you have our support. As many survivors struggle with severe trauma reactions due to the increased stress of the pandemic, rape crisis centers and culturally specific programs are struggling to meet those needs just as they are committed to finding innovative solutions. The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) celebrates this first relief funding targeted specifically to sexual assault programs and culturally specific services…
March 9, 2021:
Each reauthorization of VAWA gives us the opportunity to evolve our national response to gender-based violence. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 introduced by Representatives Jackson Lee, Nadler and Fitzpatrick meets that challenge. The legislation includes investments in the nation’s flagship sexual assault survivor services and prevention programs, the Sexual Assault Services Program and Rape Prevention & Education Program, prioritizes services and responses to vulnerable survivors and communities, and ensures the involvement of state sexual assault coalitions in prevention work. The national network of state and local advocates wholeheartedly supports this legislation and urges its swift passage in both the House and Senate…
March 4, 2021:
The situation is dire! Federal grants to victim services through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) decreased by 35% last year on top of a 25% decrease the previous year, and further drastic cuts are expected, because the non-taxpayer-funded pool of funding VOCA grants are pulled from is running dry. Congress can fix this by ensuring federal financial penalties from deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements are treated the same way as penalties resulting from criminal convictions – that they go to serve and compensate crime victims…
January 15, 2021:
We are 19 national organizations who are leaders on the issues of sexual and domestic violence both in terms of addressing the needs of survivors and in working in our communities to prevent future violence. We urge you to create a new position at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Secretary, to serve as a Special Advisor on Sexual Violence, within the first 100 days of your administration. This position is critical to provide leadership and collaboration within HHS and across other agencies and the White House on the issue of sexual violence. The Special Advisor on Sexual Violence will ensure…
December 17, 2020:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) is the voice in Washington, DC for the 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions and over 1500 local programs working to end sexual violence and support survivors. The local programs we serve see the widespread and devastating consequences of sexual violence for survivors every day. We, along with the 47 undersigned state and territorial sexual assault and dual coalitions, urge you to create a new position at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Secretary…
December 4, 2020:
We, the undersigned organizations representing thousands of victim service providers, prosecutors, and state VOCA administration and compensation agencies, as well as millions of survivors of crime, urge you to include in the year-end Fiscal Year 2021 omnibus spending bill the updates to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) that are needed to stabilize the Crime Victims Fund (CVF or the Fund). This is the only way to prevent ongoing, catastrophic cuts to programs that provide services and direct funding to victims…
November 10, 2020:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence is eager to engage with the Biden-Harris Administration to continue our collective work to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors and prevent sexual violence in our communities. We also believe it is important to take note of this historic moment of electing Senator Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first Black and South Asian American person, as Vice President…
October 19, 2020:
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader McCarthy, Minority Leader Schumer, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Jordan, Chairman Graham, and Ranking Member Feinstein:
We, the undersigned organizations representing thousands of victim service providers, prosecutors, and state VOCA administration and compensation agencies, as well as millions of survivors of crime, call on Congress to take immediate action to prevent expected catastrophic cuts to Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”) grants…
October 2, 2020:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) is the voice in Washington for the 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions and 1500 local sexual assault programs working every day in their communities to support victims and to end sexual violence…
Top Priorities for the first 100 days: Expand the Rape Prevention & Education Program and support the leadership of state and territorial sexual assault coalitions…
June 1, 2020:
We denounce the killing of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and the countless acts of racist violence and hate perpetrated against black people in our country every day, including by the police…
May 26, 2020:
Request: Provide $100 million in emergency Sexual Assault Services Funding (SASP) in the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice…
May 1, 2020:
We support all survivors. As long-time advocates with a great deal of collective expertise, we actively support those impacted by sexual violence. We will continue to advocate passionately for the services and policies survivors need to heal and thrive…
August 30, 2019:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence opposes the use of at-home rape kits and is greatly concerned about marketing them to the general public…
STATEMENT BY NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY DIRECTOR TERRI POORE ON THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON TITLE IX BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
November 16, 2018
“Today, the Department of Education issued a new proposed rule rolling back Title IX protections for survivors of sexual violence in schools and on campus, severely narrowing the definition of sexual harassment…”
October 4, 2018
A letter to U.S. Senators from the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court threatens women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare for all Americans. The Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of our most cherished rights, and it is no place for someone so far outside of the mainstream who will roll back the clock on hard-won freedoms”
October 3, 2018
“We are appalled and outraged that the Senate Judiciary Committee leadership has released a statement about comments of a sexual nature allegedly made by Julie Swetnick. Such a statement is unacceptable in all events, but particularly because it attempts to smear someone who has not had the opportunity to be interviewed by the FBI. The release of this statement violates the intent of the Rape Shield Rule drafted by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 and voted into law by Congress in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994”.
September 26, 2018
“Our hope was that the treatment of sexual assault victims would have improved in the 27 years since Anita Hill gave testimony during Justice Thomas’s confirmation hearings. So far we have been disappointed.Proper and supportive treatment of sexual assault victims encourages increased reporting and can reduce trauma for victims. Rape is the most underreported crime in the United States. This is not the fault of rape victims. This is the fault of our society.”