Greetings!

Please help WOAR, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and other sexual violence organizations TODAY in assuring survivors across the nation are provided the support they need during these times. We need you to call & share NOW. Continue reading below for details from our national partners. For more information, please contact WOAR's Policy Director, Lila Slovak, at lila@woar.org.


DAY OF ACTION ON FRIDAY, January 30th

Contact your Senators and Representative and tell them to enact a COVID package that meets the needs of survivors.

Please forward widely!
Congress MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic support for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. NAESV is very worried that help for sexual assault survivors, programs, and services will be left out again!

In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress provided no relief funding for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Communities of Color who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, or for tribal victim service programs. The CARES Act provided some, but insufficient, funding for mainstream domestic violence organizations. This is despite knowing that COVID-19 has caused a devastating increase in interpersonal violence!

We need your help to make sure the relief package Congress is currently working on includes critical funding and support for survivors. Call your Members of Congress and tell them they must recognize and meet the needs of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. 
Here's What to Do:
First, call 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators. Then call
202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative. If you don’t know who your Members of Congress are, enter your address HERE

Tell them the following:

“My name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and, if you are a victim advocate, your program]. The American people are relying on you to enact another COVID-19 relief package. [Share anecdotes/challenges specific to your program/community]. This package must meet the needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. It needs to include flexible funding for the Sexual Assault Services Program; update the Victims of Crime Act to stabilize the Crime Victims Fund to prevent cuts; provide flexible funding for culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault organizations through the FVPSA office; include flexible funding for FVPSA; and provide economic stability for survivors who have to leave their jobs due to violence.” 

Social Media:

We're also returning to twitter with our hashtags #VOCAFix and #Crisis4Victims. Here's a link to find the twitter handles of your representatives and senators.
WOAR's 24-Hour hotline is available for calls & texts at
(215) 985-3333 anytime for victims, survivors, and their loved ones.
WOAR-Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence
Office Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00pm
1617 John F Kennedy Blvd., Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-985-3315