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Petitioning Florida Governor Rick Scott Governor Rick Scott

Approve $1.5 million line item for Rape Crisis Center funding

Scott vetoed the $1.5 million line litem in additional funding for Florida Rape Crisis Centers, claiming it had not been demonstrated there was ample need for the money in addition to that already set aside.

But Jennifer Dritt, executive director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, said: "We say 'here's the need, here's the need, here's the need,' and frankly, nobody's paying any attention. We gave them information about the number of new survivors we have and we showed them that these rape crisis centers have waiting lists. Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren't able to offer because of a lack of money. There is clearly an unmet need."

See this article in the Florida Independent: http://floridaindependent.com/75483/rick-scott-rape-crisis-centers -- and make a difference today by letting it be known that women CANNOT LIE DOWN for this kind of thinking.

Here also is a link to sexual assault statistics from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence -- http://www.fcasv.org/information/sexual-assault-statistics.

 

Letter to
Florida Governor Rick Scott Governor Rick Scott
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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Approve $1.5 million line item for Rape Crisis Centers

Governor Scott:

You vetoed the $1.5 million line litem in additional funding for Florida Rape Crisis Centers, claiming it had not been demonstrated there was ample need for the money in addition to that already set aside.

But Jennifer Dritt, executive director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, said: "We say 'here's the need, here's the need, here's the need,' and frankly, nobody's paying any attention. We gave them information about the number of new survivors we have and we showed them that these rape crisis centers have waiting lists. Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren't able to offer because of a lack of money. There is clearly an unmet need."

By signing this PROTEST PETITION, women and men alike, as victims of sexual violence or supporters of those who have been victims, insist that you think again about your decision to nix critical funds for Florida's rape crisis centers. Even though your previous veto is final by Florida guidelines, we believe you must find a way to amend the deficiency.

Meanwhile, we shall continue to REFUSE TO LIE DOWN ANY LONGER for this kind of thinking.