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Format: 2017-09-19
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A MESSAGE TO KCSARC SUPPORTERS

September 13, 2017

Mayor Murray's resignation again puts sexual assault, and the victims of assault, in the headlines.

With four decades of experience listening to and helping victims of sexual assault, we know:

  • Reluctance to speak out about the experience is the norm - especially for male victims;

Survivors of sexual assault need access to affordable health care!

In this fight to protect vital services for survivors, lawmakers in Washington stood strong against proposed legislation that would make strip health care away from those who need it most. We want to thank the members of our congressional delegation who continue to take a stand and fight for vital services.

To highlight their continued work, we’ve sent thank you cards to Senator Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with Representatives Jayapal, Smith, DelBene, and Reichert.

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.

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