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Format: 2017-07-22
Format: 2017-07-22

Reform means positive change for victims of sexual assault

During the 2017 legislative session, we prioritized amending the Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) Act in Washington state to better support and protect survivors of sexual assault. With your help, and the help of other advocates, survivors, lawmakers, and like-minded organizations, this common-sense, victim-focused reform was successfully passed.

These changes take effect this Sunday, July 23! What does this historic reform mean for survivors of sexual assault?

A mistrial doesn’t mean vindication

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after a mistrial was declared in the case against Bill Cosby, he has announced that he plans to help young men avoid being accused of sexual assault.

What does a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case mean for victims?

For us at KCSARC, we wonder: Are we making progress for victims?

With the jurors of last week’s trial deadlocked, and a mistrial declared, I re-read my thoughts from last year when 35 women came forward stating that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted them.  My own assessment of our progress has changed—and I’m motivated and encouraged.

Federal budget cuts would harm victims of sexual assault

While not cutting programs that directly assist victims of sexual assault, we are dismayed to see the President proposing massive reductions in Medicaid (which many of our clients depend on) as well as eliminating the Legal Services Corporation, which provides critical legal aid. 

We are working with our colleagues to underscore the impacts of these proposed cuts and make sure victims’ voices are heard.

Join us in opposing these cruel cuts:

  • Read our letter to members of Congress below.

Sexual Assault Awareness Throughout King County

This April, we called on you to raise your voices during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

During SAAM, we come together to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it, and give individuals the chance to speak out.

A message to our community

It has been several weeks since the news of the sexual abuse suit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray became public. During this time, a heated political climate has fueled speculation about the background of the individual filing the charges, the law firm representing him, and the mayor.   

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