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Urgent Action Alert for constituents of District 8: Call Dave Reichert Now!

You've done so much this year to protect important services for survivors, including calling your federal and Washington State representatives—thank you for everything you have done over the past year in the fight to protect what’s most important.

Coping With the #MeToo Holidays

The holiday season often brings about gatherings of family and friends. It can be both joyous and stressful. In the wake of #MeToo and many people sharing their experience of sexual assault and harassment in a public forum, often for the first time, these social events may bring about an added challenge.

Three ways you can turn #MeToo into lasting change for survivors.

Ten years ago, #MeToo was developed by Tarana Burke to empower young women of color who had been sexually assaulted. Relatively few people had heard of the #MeToo movement until two weeks ago when the news about Harvey Weinstein exploded in the media.

By now, we have all read the stories and the texts. We’ve heard famous and not-so-famous women share their experiences of men harassing, abusing, and assaulting them at work, at home, on public transportation, and in every space of their lives.

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;

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.

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.   

No on 1515 – Decline to Sign

Prevention, safety, and freedom from sexual assault are the center of KCSARC’s vision and mission. 

Because of that, you would be forgiven for thinking we would support an initiative proposing to make public restrooms safer. After all, that’s what the proponents of 1515 are saying; that transgender individuals threaten women and children in public restrooms. I want to take this opportunity to set the record straight.   

There is no basis for the claim that transgender people make public restrooms unsafe. 

We can’t stop what we can’t talk about

I’ve been saying this for the past year. We can’t stop what we can’t talk about.

I was delighted to see intelligent portrayals of sexual assault and its impacts being front and center in this year’s Academy Awards.

First -- Spotlight.

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