Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Survivors Speak Out

from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio

One in seven women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. But despite this fact, many legislators in Ohio are still opposed to House Bill 333, which would ensure that ALL survivors of sexual assault receive comprehensive treatment including Emergency Contraception after their assault.

This is where you come in. We need your help to put a face on this issue, to show legislators that this is not an issue about statistics, it happens to real people living in their communities.

Unfortunately we are all touched by sexual assault, either as survivors ourselves or because someone we love is a survivor.

YOU can be the face of change for rape survivors!

Please help us by sending us a picture of yourself with a sign saying “I am a survivor” or if you know someone who is a survivor, a picture of yourself with sign explaining your connection - “My sister is a survivor.” In all photos, please list your hometown so that legislators know that this happens everywhere in our state.

To participate, you can upload your photo and information on our web page or email us at

Images submitted will be displayed May 12th at the Ohio Statehouse. The event will highlight the strength of our fellow Ohioans who are survivors of sexual assault, help our legislators understand that this is about real people in Ohio, and that the time has come to pass the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act.

It is easy for legislators to brush aside statistics. It’s not so easy when they are forced to look a survivor in the eye and say that legislation like CARE is not a priority for them, or that they care more about protecting hospital employees than rape survivors.

Thank you for putting a face on the issue of sexual assault to make sure that all survivors of sexual assault receive comprehensive treatment following their assault.

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