Big Wins in the 2014 Legislative Session for Sexual Assault Victims.
The 2014 Connecticut legislative session resulted in significant policy wins to address and prevent sexual violence. The rape crisis line item, which provides funding to CONNSACS’ nine community based sexual assault crisis centers, received its first increase since the 90s and our state made history this session by passing landmark legislation that will improve the response to victims of sexual assault on campus and ensure that all students and staff receive prevention and awareness education.
Additionally, legislation passed that will expand access to civil restraining orders to all victims of sexual assault and stalking, and will help to increase sexual abuse awareness and prevention education training for teachers, parents, and students in grades K-12.
This year’s wins not only impact the lives of women, men, and children in our state, but they illustrate the commitment of lawmakers to take steps to further prevent this crime and support those who are victimized.