Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence works to end sexual violence through public policy advocacy including engaging in the legislative process as well as serving on various government and community boards, commissions and councils. The Alliance also serves as a convener for discussions surrounding prevention and response to campus sexual violence.
Through legislative advocacy work, The Alliance influences laws and policies to promote prevention of sexual violence as well as to advocate for victims and survivors of sexual violence. The Alliance’s legislative advocacy efforts have resulted in changes to the law such as: making spousal rape a crime; creating the State of Connecticut Gail Burns-Smith Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program; extending the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse; and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. Through advocacy work on community and appointed government boards, commissions and councils, The Alliance serves as a voice for victims and survivors of sexual violence and brings to the table an expert perspective on sexual violence prevention and response.
The 2016 Legislative Action Committee was extremely active and effective, submitting testimony on 20 bills and testifying in person on 11 bills during the session.View the Document
A public hearing is an opportunity for members of the public to speak directly to legislators about a particular piece of legislation. Legislative committees (subject-specific groups of legislators that initially view and vote on legislation before it goes on to the full house and senate) set dates for public hearings and invite the public to either submit written testimony or to come to the Legislative Office Building to present their testimony in person. Written testimony is usually one or two pages long, and oral testimony should be limited to three minutes in length.
When public hearings are announced, The Alliance will post that information on the website. A video on how to present testimony in person is available here.
It is very important to be involved in legislative advocacy. Advocates and survivors have unique perspectives and insights into sexual violence, and legislators can learn a lot from what you have to say. If legislators don’t hear from many people on a particular issue, they may assume that it isn’t important. Your voice and your perspective will make a difference in the legislative process.