Tell Congress: We Demand a Campus-Inclusive Violence Against Women Act
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Tell Congress: We Demand a Campus-Inclusive Violence Against Women Act

    1. Petition by

      Feminist Majority Foundation

Enough is enough. Under the “fake” VAWA passed by the House this year, 11 million students would be denied the vital improvements to their school’s sexual assault policies that are included in the real VAWA. Authored by Republican members of Congress Eric Cantor and Sandy Adams, this version eliminates protections for students, as well as other key parts of the proposed Senate version – including protections for Native Americans, LGBT folks, and immigrants. The House version of VAWA prevents us from moving forward in our fight against violence.

Currently, 20-25% of all female students in the U.S. will experience some form of sexual assault during college. This is over 1 in 5 women. And 95% of these go unreported. Studies show that students are far more likely to report a sexual assault when they know how to do so and that their college will respond. Yet fewer than half of all colleges and universities have written policies on sexual assault reporting. This issue is in serious need of being addressed on a national level.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), introduced first in 2011 and included this year in the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is the first step in fighting this pervasive problem.

Campus SaVE would require college campuses to clearly spell out their policies regarding sexual assault and provide a security report to all incoming students. Colleges and universities would need to include sexual violence statistics in their annual crime reports, and to make victim’s rights central to the reporting process of sexual assault. SaVE requires colleges to provide and maintain transparency of information, prevention programs, trainings on consent and bystander intervention, assistance for victims, and clear institutional judicial proceedings.

Too many survivors of sexual assault are re-victimized by the experience of reporting and by the mishandling of the incident by their school. Survivors have spoken out against their school’s sexual assault policy at so many colleges across the country, demanding them to change. We need to hold ALL colleges and universities accountable for appropriate responses to and the prevention of sexual assault.

The horrible truth is that we have all either experienced or know someone who has experienced sexual violence. Please sign this petition to your member of Congress to advocate for the bipartisan Senate VAWA that includes Campus SaVE and the other provisions that will enhance, rather than weaken, our fight against violence.

Feminist Majority Foundation, Campus Program

Photo credit: Phil Dragash

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    • Tara Butler FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      I am coordinating the Teal Ribbon Campaign aiming to end sexual violence on NAU campus.

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    • Bonnie Perlmutter ELKINS PARK, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Women need to be safe wherever they are!

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    • Sarah Staples TURNERS STATION, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a student and I want policies in place for my protection.

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    • Marjorie Lune NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      College campuses are full of young women who are on their own. They often have to walk across campus alone late at night, coming from the library or a class.

      Predators know this, and know that a stranger can walk around unnoticed.

      I had a friend in college who was raped in our dorm at 10:00 in the morning by someone who just walked in unquestioned. He was never caught. She left school. Our college students need more protection not less.

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    • Maia Cudhea DENTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      We need the real VAWA because I have had campus police officers tell me that there is no rape at our university, only "girls who regret having sex and don't want their dads to find out".

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