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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy and legislative reform.

We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence on campus interested in filing federal complaints, organizing for change, or drawing public attention to hold their schools accountable.

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End Rape on Campus and Platform Applaud Efforts to Dismantle Rape Culture and Support Survivors by Senator Booker and Representative Watson Coleman

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End Rape on Campus and Platform Applaud Efforts to Dismantle Rape Culture and Support Survivors by Senator Booker and Representative Watson Coleman

End Rape On Campus

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Press Contact: Morgan D. Dewey, media@endrapeoncampus.org

End Rape on Campus and Platform Applaud Efforts to Dismantle Rape Culture and Support Survivors by Senator Booker and Representative Watson Coleman

WASHINGTON, DC (July 29, 2019) – Platform and End Rape on Campus (EROC) celebrate the leadership of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ] and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ-12] in amplifying the stories and experiences of survivors facing systemic barriers through the introduction of S.Res. 281 in the U.S. Senate and H.Res. 514 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The mirrored resolutions call on their colleagues to take action in eradicating sexual violence and supporting survivors in holistic and multifaceted ways that target systemic oppressive structures harming survivors. Original cosponsors in the Senate include Senator Kamala Harris [D-CA] and in the House include Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL-11], Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI-4], Rep. Alcee L. Hastings [D-FL-20], Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA-7], Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA-9], Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ-8], and Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan [D-MP-At Large].

Too often, the conversation around sexual violence excludes the communities it affects the most. It’s essential Congress ensures policy reflects the lived experiences of their constituents. This resolution ensures that the stories and experiences of survivors facing systemic barriers are heard and specifically recognizes the impact of sexual and gender-based violence on immigrant survivors, survivors who are incarcerated, survivors with disabilities, survivors of color, American Indian or Alaska Native survivors, survivors of child sexual abuse, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex survivors.

This resolution is a commitment to holistic solutions in the fight against sexual violence. It makes clear that survivors’ experiences are connected to systemic barriers and those oppressive barriers need to be dismantled in order to support survivors. This resolution demands lawmakers legislate for all constituents in the ways they need, not in a one-size-fits-all approach.

“Platform applauds Congresswoman Watson Coleman and Senator Booker’s dedication to all survivors with the introduction of this resolution. It is time legislation about sexual and gender-based violence explicitly state, serve, and protect all survivors, not just some,” said Jenna Milliner-Waddell, Platform’s Communications Director. “Our community is raising their voices and calling for change that accounts for the realities they experience. This resolution powerfully acknowledges their voices and takes a critical step forward in a national conversation around sexual violence that highlights the systemic barriers to care and rehabilitation that survivors in underserved communities face.” 

“With their support of this resolution, U.S. Representative Watson Coleman and Senator Booker join our resistance. It is clear that this administration has zero interest in protecting survivors’ rights nor the life or liberty of folks with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, Native survivors, or LGBTQ communities—and yet, our stories of resilience continue to permeate this darkness,” shares B. Ever Hanna, EROC Campus Policy Manager. “This is not the first time survivors have successfully demanded change, and will not be the last. With the partnership of leaders like Representative Watson Coleman and Senator Booker, it’s clear that our movement and our stories will be shaping a safer, brighter future.”


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Platform is a political training and lobbying organization for young women-identified, non-binary, and gender nonconforming leaders to not make their voices heard and influence the legislative decisions made about our bodies, lives, and futures. Learn more at platformwomen.org and on social: @PlatformWomen. 

End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending sexual violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy advocacy. You can learn more at EndRapeOnCampus.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @EndRapeOnCampus.