Protect Our Kids from Sexual Violence: Pass the Teach Safe Relationships Act
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*Updated July 28th, 2015
Last fall, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. The administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases, and their peers blamed and shamed them. The perpetrator was arrested following our protest and pled no contest to two counts of first degree rape on Monday, May 18, 2015.
According to the Department of Justice, nearly 300,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year. Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
WE CAN DO BETTER.
As a direct result of our effort, the state legislature introduced a bill addressing Sexual Assault Prevention Education in Oklahoma.
Last week, our governor signed the legislation into law.
THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 requires schools across the nation to create curriculum that teaches kids about healthy relationships, how to spot abusive behavior, and promotes understanding of consent and sexual assault. It will teach teens where to turn for help, and ensures that help will be there when they do.
It is imperative Congress passes this important legislation. We demand Congress provide funding for this legislation, including funding to coordinate this crucial initiative’s program development with state-level resources.
The Bill has been added as a provision to the Every Child Achieves Act. We ask that you contact your legislators immediately to demand they support Title IV; Section D of the Every Child Achieves Act and that this language remains intact as the bill moves through Congress.
THIS CANNOT WAIT.
Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics.
EDUCATION IS PREVENTION
Sign Our Petition. Stand with us against Sexual Violence.
No more Silence. No more Shame.
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