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.