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 2017 Connecticut Legislative Session is currently underway. Here you can read an update on our recent efforts.View the Document
The 2017 Connecticut Legislative Session is currently underway. Here you can learn more about The Alliance’s legislative goals and priorities for 2017.View the Document
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
Here you can learn more about The Alliance’s legislative goals and priorities from 2016.Get More Info
Find out what bills affected victims and survivors of sexual assault in Connecticut’s last legislative session which ended in June 2015.Read the Report
Each year, The Alliance identifies issues of importance to work on in the upcoming Connecticut Legislative Session. The Alliance will take the lead in advocating for some issues and for others, The Alliance will take a supportive and partnership role. Advocacy includes meeting with legislators, creating educational materials on specific issues, coalition building and sharing testimony at public hearings.
You can participate in the legislative process by helping to support The Alliance’s legislative advocacy efforts. On this page, before the legislative session begins at the beginning of each year, The Alliance will post a legislative agenda with accompanying materials to help people engage in the legislative process. You can contact your elected officials and talk about why you feel a particular bill is important for victims/survivors of sexual violence.
Anyone can call their elected officials, send them a letter or email, or write testimony for a public hearing. Your voice is powerful. The Alliance invites you to add your voice to those advocating for victims and survivors of sexual violence.Find Your Legislators
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.