A step in the right direction: Gov. Cuomo signs law creating a sexual assault survivors' 'bill of rights'

On December 21, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to establish a sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights , for the purposes of informing survivors of their rights under state law and ensuring that survivors receive the information needed to navigate the medical and criminal legal systems.

“We applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature for enacting this bill into law,” says Selena Bennett-Chambers, Public Policy Director at the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Selena Bennett-Chambers continues, "Recent reports of survivors of sexual violence being improperly billed by several hospitals for forensic rape examinations support the need for this law. In addition, providing survivors of sexual violence with the right to receive information regarding the status of their kits from a designee of a police or prosecutorial agency, who is trained in trauma and victim response, is a huge step in the right direction. Survivors of sexual violence should be supported in knowing their rights and their rights must be upheld."
Action Alert: #HandsOffIX

In November, the Department of Education proposed new regulations governing campus sexual violence allegations that shift the burden to the student filing a complaint and limit survivors' access to a violence-free education. 

Survivors, advocates, and allies are encouraged to submit a comment during the 60-day notice-and-comment period, which ends on January 28, 2019 .

Resources are available here: .

You can submit comments via Hands Off IX or the National Women's Law Center .
Title IX addresses sexual harassment, violence or any gender-based discrimination that may deny a person access to educational benefits and opportunities. #HandsOffIX
Calls for Conference Presentation Proposals

NYS ATSA/NYS Alliance Conference Proposals Due January 15

Battered Mothers Custody Conference Proposals Due February 15

Event Recap: Creating Resilience from ACEs to Joyful Advocacy!

On December 6, NYSCASA and the Mental Health Association of New York State co-hosted "Creating Resilience from ACEs to Joyful Advocacy!" We enjoyed a performance by Donna Jenson , author of Healing My Life from Incest to Joy , and several afternoon workshops led by Donna Jenson, Chrys Ballerano, Deb Faust, Luz Marquez, Tracy Frisch, and Sharon Lastique.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in this event!
Donna Jenson performs her play, What She Knows: One Woman's Way Through Incest to Joy on December 6, 2018
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Resource Alert: TeleSAFE

United Concierge Medicine's (UCM) TeleSAFE Program provides comprehensive, compassionate care via telemedicine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any survivor of sexual assault or abuse, regardless of the health care facility to which they present. Click to find out how UCM's TeleSAFE Program can support health care providers .
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