We believe all students should have access to 5 core protections:
free access to medical and legal support services
No survivor should be denied access to medical care or counseling. Yet today, fewer than half of survivors receive counseling or support services of any kind. Every Voice legislation establishes partnerships between universities and rape crisis centers to provide survivors with access to counseling, medical services, and legal support from trained professionals.
ANTI-Retaliation PROTECTIONS FoR REPORTING PARTIES
No student should be punished for coming forward to speak out about sexual violence. By implementing a “Good Samaritan” protection for students who come forward in good faith to report an incident of sexual violence, Every Voice legislation puts student safety first and ensures that survivors are not be punished because of alcohol or drug use at the time of an assault.
Confidential advising services THAT CLARIFY SURVIVORS' rights & options
No one should be forced to live in the same dorm or eat in the same dining hall as the person who assaulted them. Survivors need someone they can trust to help guide them through the complex process of accessing necessary resources, understanding their rights, and pursuing a criminal justice or Title IX investigation if they choose to do so. By providing confidential resource advisors to help survivors access accommodations on campus, Every Voice legislation ensures that survivors aren’t falling through the cracks of a broken system.
TRANSPARENT data on sexual violence
Today we lack accurate data on sexual violence on college campuses due to widespread underreporting through official channels. By collecting comprehensive data on sexual assault through anonymous climate surveys, Every Voice legislation ensures transparency and raises awareness.
More detailed data on sexual assault rates will allow colleges and universities to identify at-risk demographics, tailor solutions to the unique circumstances of their campus communities, and test the effectiveness of prevention programs.
universal, evidence-based prevention and response training
By ensuring that students and staff receive evidence-based training on prevention and response, Every Voice legislation empowers all members of the community to take action to stop sexual violence.
IN THE WORDS OF OUR CHAMPIONS
“Every Voice, a coalition of students, has been pushing for change in the Legislature for nearly five years to quantify and track rates of sexual violence as well as provide best practices for schools. They don’t want sympathy anymore — they want action.”
- The Boston Globe
“I am proud to have filed Every Voice legislation in Hawai’i. This organization is the real deal... I hope that one day every state will put these basic protections in place for all students and survivors.”
- Representative Amy Perruso
“In the movement to combat sexual violence, Every Voice has a key role to play: bringing student voices to the table and organizing for grassroots change. This work is not easy, but it is sorely needed for the future of the movement.”
- Rachel Haas, Managing Director, NO MORE