The Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Resource includes the following stories:
Also included is a look at RESTORE Sexual Assault Service's prevention work in New York, a spotlight on Iowa's service transition, and four resources from the library that might interest you.
2018 LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY GUIDE
The Virginia General Assembly (GA) is back for the 2018 legislative session! The Action Alliance invites you to join us February 5th through February 9th to #AmplifySurvivorVoices and advocate for policies that empower survivors and prevent violence statewide! Hundreds of bills are introduced to the General Assembly (GA) Session each year, but few of them ever get signed into law. Grassroots legislative advocacy work is an opportunity for everyday people and concerned citizens to raise awareness of issues impacting Virginians – legislators listen!
Traditional legislative advocacy work means going in person to meet with lawmakers and their staff. However, not everyone has the time or means to do so, and that’s where virtual legislative advocacy, or virtual lobbying, comes in. Virtual legislative advocacy consists of any engagement with representatives in the GA through use of technology: phone calls, email, social media, and even good-old-fashioned letter writing. This guide is designed to help make engaging your legislators over technology as easy as possible.
Here are the four main sections:
1. PREPARATION: find out who your representatives are and what you’re going to say.
2. MAKING CONTACT: explore all the different ways you can engage with your representatives and decide on the best strategy or set of strategies for engagement.
3. IN-PERSON VISITS WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS: if you’re planning a visit, this section includes helpful tips, addresses, cheat sheets and more for your legislative visits!
4. FOLLOWING UP: Let us know how it went, share feedback, and help us thank supporters.
The 2019 General Assembly Session officially ended on February 24th and we wanted to share a few session updates/resources:
Also, later this Spring, be on the lookout for a YouTube run-down of the new laws for advocates to expect on July 1 and how they might impact survivors/our work.
This 9:30 minute audio podcast by PreventConnect highlights the work done by Binghamton University in New York. The University has worked with Greek Life, Athletics, and a wide variety of students across the campus to implement the 20:1 sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention programs.
This is a Power Point describing some of the new laws as regards domestic and sexual violence that will become effective in Virginia as of 7/1/12.