The Every Voice Coalition | 2022 National Crime Victims' Service Awards
The Every Voice Coalition strives to end campus sexual violence. The coalition was founded in 2016 by students, young alumni, allies, and survivors of sexual violence in Massachusetts. The fierce, dedicated, and tireless advocates of The Every Voice Coalition demand safety for students across our Nation. Their efforts to combat and prevent campus sexual assault are admirable. What began as grassroots work has shown students and survivors that their voices matter and are heard.
The Every Voice Coalition received the Reagan Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award. Visit the OVC Gallery for more information about her work to support victims of crime.
NORA GALLO: One in 10 students will experience campus sexual violence while enrolled in college. And the impact of that trauma can really change the trajectory of a student's life. We do have federal laws and guidelines around campus sexual violence. But at the state level, what we see is that the vast majority of states have no legislation addressing campus sexual violence.
JOHN GABRIELI: If we're going to break the cycle of sexual assault, we need to start by listening to the individuals and communities who are directly impacted by sexual violence: students.
LILY JAMES: Our mission is to pass legislation on the state level that has been written by students in that state to address campus sexual violence and, ultimately, end it.
NORA GALLO: What we are hoping to do for it is open doors for students so that they have options and choices when, ultimately, autonomy has been stripped from them.
LILY JAMES: Anyone can go and write a bill, but it's not going to necessarily become a law unless you put a lot of advocacy behind it.
WOMAN 1: Some of the things I want to talk about in my testimony are the campus climate survey and the amnesty policy.
NORA GALLO: It is a movement to address campus sexual violence, and it is also a movement of ensuring that we are constantly looking to who is on the ground in campuses, what support do they need, and how can they advocate for their rights.
WOMAN 2: Sometimes when I talk to students, they have a very slim understanding of their own resource center. They know it exists, but they don't know if they're confidential.
LILY JAMES: We've passed five student and survivor and survivor-centered bills into law in five states. We know that our laws impact 1.6 million current college students. That's an incredible number, but we know that we will need to be working in those states for years to come to make sure our laws are implemented successfully.
NORA GALLO: Hi!
LILY JAMES: Hi!
NORA GALLO: We are a movement of students, student survivors, recent alums, advocates, supporters, and so what we look towards is passing some version of our Every Voice law in all 50 states.
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