Take Rape Seriously NOW
Sexual assault is an epidemic in the U.S., and most survivors are denied justice. Take Rape Seriously NOW is our campaign to change this.
We are on the front lines with two main initiatives to:
- Nearly one in five American women have experienced rape or attempted rape.
- 70% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows; on college campuses it’s 85%.
- Most rapes are committed by repeat offenders. When a rape case is not prosecuted, a predator remains free to harm more victims.
- A shocking 3% of rapes result in prison for the perpetrator.
- As our work advocating for victims across the country reveals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices routinely treat rapes, especially acquaintance rapes, as low-priority crimes.
- Recently, reports of sexual and physical violence in the Latinx community have decreased – not because the rates have actually gone down, but because of the growing fear of deportation.
What are we doing about it?
- We stand with survivors in seeking justice. Through our service organization, Women’s Justice NOW, we accompany survivors to meetings with police and prosecutors, we advocate for survivors who want their cases prosecuted, and we help connect survivors with therapy and support.
- We push for changes in law and policy to treat sexual assault as the violent crime it is. We successfully campaigned to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape in NY and to criminalize strangulation, a common tactic in sexual assault.
- We hold public officials accountable when they fail to investigate and pursue sexual predators appropriately or fail to support policies to combat rape.
- We confront rape culture.
Do you or someone you know need help acquiring services or support after experiencing sexual violence? Click here for references, referrals, and suggestions for next steps.
You are not alone.
NOW New York President Sonia Ossorio’s Op-Ed on Why We Must Protect VAWA – Huffington Post – April 14, 2017
NOW Rips Trump on Domestic Violence Funding in Manhattan – Observer – March 20, 2017
Advocates Launch Anti-Rape Campaign – NY1 – March 20, 2017
NOW-NYC Announces Campaign to Combat Trump’s Anti-Women Agenda – March 20, 2017
NOW-NY Campaign Against Trump’s Anti-Woman Agenda – WCBS Radio – March 20, 2017
NOW-NY Fights Trump’s Plan to Cut Funds For Violence Against Women Act – Metro – March 21, 2017