WASHINGTON—End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Platform celebrate the leadership of U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in amplifying the voices and experiences of survivors at the margins through the introduction of S.Res.487 on the U.S. Senate and H.Res.854 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their mirrored resolutions call on their colleagues to take actions in eliminating sexual violence in holistic ways that account for the experiences of the most vulnerable populations of survivors.
“This resolution makes me hopeful that elected officials will now think of all survivors and not just some survivors,” said Catalina Velasquez, Communications Director at End Rape on Campus (EROC). “All policymakers’ initiatives to eradicate sexual violence will incorporate holistic solutions that acknowledge the ongoing deaths of Black people and people with disabilities at the hands of police and the detention and subsequent deportation that happens after an undocumented survivor comes forward. As a transgender Latina with disabilities and beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I am elated to see the intentionality coming from U.S. Senator Booker as well as Congresswoman Watson Coleman.”
“As an organization dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices in the rooms where decisions are made about our bodies, lives, and futures, we are grateful for the leadership of Congresswoman Watson Coleman and that of U.S. Senator Booker,” said Jennifer Mandelblatt, Managing Director of Platform. ‘They have once again proven they are not only making the space for voices to be heard, but they are committed to listening to, learning from, and responding to the voices of all survivors. This resolution creates a pathway for overdue and inclusive solutions to support all communities in the movement to end sexual violence.”