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~ Constance Baker

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Laws and Policy Can Stop Violence and Ensure Justice

Laws and policies make a difference. One vital role played by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) is to advance policies to stop sexual violence and ensure victims receive the justice they deserve. We change public policy by:

  • Identifying and strengthening sexual violence prevention approaches
  • Supporting adequate funding for victim service advocacy programs
  • Building a strong justice system response to sexual violence through effective laws and policies

 

MNCASA Pushes for Important Changes

Advocates at MNCASA move public policy forward by:

  • Educating policy makers and the public on the issue of sexual violence
  • Keeping the spotlight on prevention measures to stop sexual harm before it happens
  • Spearheading policy initiatives that are victim-centered

 

Current MNCASA Legislative Action Agenda and Talking Points

Each year, the coalition meets with our Public Policy Committee and Access to Justice Subcommittee to assess the need to modify statute to support justice for victims of sexual violence.

 

You Can Take Action to Influence Policy

Prevention Advocacy Peer Leadership Team

We have identified a great group of individuals who will become prevention advocacy peer leaders in their community.  MNCASA will be providing extensive training, individual coaching and assistance, and opportunities to work with others across the state who care about creating a social movement to end sexual violence through both legislative and media advocacy.  We have gathered people from a variety of backgrounds including survivors and allies, advocates, community volunteers, professionals who work with children, rural, urban, suburban, students, retirees, etc.   

Members of the Prevention Advocacy Peer Leadership Team will receive extensive training on effective advocacy with elected officials, community leaders, and media representatives as well as ongoing support and technical assistance to share what you have learned with others. This is a one-year commitment with the opportunity to renew for a second year. The expected time commitment is about 8 hours per month. 

Please contact Yvonne at ycournoyer@mncasa.org if you have any questions.  

 

Tools and resources for organizing

 

Who are the elected officials who represent me? 

Voting

 

Legislative Tracking and New Laws Archive

As each Minnesota Legislative Session moves forward, MNCASA will track legislation that we believe is significant for the work you do in eradicating sexual violence. If there is a piece of pending legislation you would like to have us track, please let us know at info@mncasa.org.

 

Summary of Laws Affecting Sexual Assault from Past Legislative Sessions

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