Advocating for Domestic & Sexual Violence Victims

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April 20, 2020

     Join us this April in recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our goal?  A greater awareness of the dynamics of sexual violence and the trauma suffered by victims.

     At Legal Momentum, we continue to tirelessly advocate as we have always done for victims and survivors:

  • We are advocating for a reauthorization to the Violence Against Women Act that serves the needs of ALL victims and survivors. The House passed a VAWA reauthorization one year ago that does this, but the Senate has still not taken action.
  • We are advocating against changes that would weaken the protections of federal civil right laws that require schools to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
  • During this pandemic, we are advocating for funding to ensure that direct victim service providers have the resources they need to continue to serve victims and survivors in safe ways.
  • We have brought legal challenges against universities that failed students victimized on campus.
  • We continue to empower young women of color and other youth as they educate their peers on issues of sexual violence and healthy relationships through our Rights Now! Program.

     We are encouraged by some of the progress we have noticed over this past year: The media has widely reported about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on domestic and sexual assault victims—reminding us that this is a pervasive societal issue—yet there is so much left to be done to ensure survivors have access to the help they need to heal and seek justice.

     Allegations against Harvey Weinstein—which spurred the #MeToo movement that began in 2017—resulted in a conviction, showing us that all, even the most difficult of cases should be charged. Our Deputy Legal Director Jennifer Becker, a former sex crimes prosecutor, was featured in Mother Jones magazine on the challenges faced selecting the jury for this vitally important national case.

     We have long been deeply committed to protecting women’s physical security.  Nothing could be more important.  As the pioneers and ongoing reauthorizing champions of the Violence Against Women Act VAWA, our CEO Carol Baldwin Moody was featured in the New York Times on VAWA’s 25th Anniversary

     Now, amidst the crisis we are all dealing with at this time, we must all continue to work towards a society in which sxual violence is not accepted and sexual assault victims have safe and supportive pathways to justice and healing.  Our team is dedicated to that ongoing work.

     Protecting women’s and girls’ rights begins with the law. 

     If you would like to see our historic and ongoing work protecting the physical security of women continue, please consider donating.  We would be deeply honored by your support. 




      Be part of the solution.  Please share.      If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available to assist 1-800-656-4673.  If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available to assist 1-800-799-7233.

      Be part of the solution.  Please share.      SYMS | Legal Momentum Helpline remains available at NO COST to provide legal information and referrals on issues related to sex discrimination in the workplace, home, school and the courts. 

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      Be part of the solution.  Please share.      In this time of challenge, our legal team immediately developed the NO COST Legal Rights and Economic Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 with just finalized Spanish and Chinese translations.        

     Thank you for your ongoing support - you make our work possible! Stay safe and stay healthy.


The Legal Momentum Legal Team