Statewide anti-sexual violence organizations know well the vital role played by the federal government in their work and the work of police and prosecutors. They also understand that this assistance exists under constant threat.
That’s why leaders from these statewide organizations joined with local rape crisis centers and prominent national advocates to create the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Its mission: to provide a missing voice in Washington for state coalitions and local programs advocating and organizing against sexual violence and for survivors.
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence educates the policy community about federal laws, legislation and appropriations impacting the fight to end sexual violence. Its team of experts and advocates, donating time away from their state and local groups, publish written analysis, track legislation, provide media interviews, and advise members of Congress and the executive branch.
The leadership of the NAESV maintains relationships with allied national level anti-violence organizations including the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Violence, Arte Sana, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, National Center for Victims of Crime, Rape Abuse Incest National Network, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
- Led advocacy efforts to pass the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act including historic policies to address sexual assault and support underserved survivors.
- Successfully advocated for the first federal funding source specifically to fund services for sexual assault survivors, the Sexual Assault Services Program, in 2005.
- Secured yearly increases in appropriations for the Sexual Assault Services Program including an $8 milllion increase in fiscal year 2011 when most social services programs were being cut.
- Negotiated language to improve the responsiveness of VAWA Rural, STOP, Arrest, and Legal Assistance programs to the issue of sexual assault.
- Sustained funding levels for CDC programs including the Rape Prevention Education Program as budgets were cut.
- Provided leadership on the Violence Against Women National Advisory Committee.
- Assisted federal agencies to develop policies that are trauma-informed and survivor focused.
- Spoken out on high profile sexual assault cases asking that offenders be held accountable.
Increased our visibility as a national voice for the needs of survivors and the work of state sexual assault coalitions and local programs in the halls of Congress.
Launched a campaign to ensure state coalitions are at the center of work supported by the Rape Prevention & Education Program.
Advocated for the successful passage of the Violence Against Women Act and the VOCA Fix Act in the House.
Ensured $198 million in funding for rape crisis centers was included in the American Rescue Plan relief package.
Secured a $7 million increase for the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) and an $8 million increase for the Rape Prevention & Education Program in House-passed FY 2021 appropriations bills.
Published our annual survey of rape crisis centers infographic on the funding needs of programs as well as data on the impact of COVID-19 and distributed these reports to every member of Congress.
Co-hosted 3 congressional briefings on the impact of COVID-19 on survivors and communities.
Centered and amplified the needs of culturally specific programs and tribes.