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We are strengthening our laws and passing new ones to achieve real, lasting change that reflects the challenges and realities that women face.

We change policy and set a precedent.

We led the fight in New York to end the statute of limitations on first degree rape more than 10 years ago–and we successfully pushed in 2019 to increase the reporting window for more survivors of sexual assault. We ushered in no-fault divorce, put a stop to child marriage in our state, and helped close the loophole that allowed abusers to buy and have guns.

What’s next on our agenda?

Here are a few key bills we’re supporting NOW. Get a look at our full 2019 legislative agenda here.

Child Victims Act: Passed!
This is big news for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This bill enables survivors to seek justice in the courts by allowing victims more time to pursue legal action. As of August 14, survivors of all ages have a one-year window to pursue their cases in court. This will help to prevent the silencing of victims and enable more survivors to come forward, ultimately holding more perpetrators accountable and preventing abuse.
Bill Number:
S.809-2017 / A.05885A-2017
Stopping Revenge Porn: Passed!
In New York City, it is now a criminal and civil offense to disclose or threaten to disclose an intimate image of another person with the intent to cause harm. Under New York City’s law, this act is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 in criminal court and could result in financial compensation and a legal mandate that the perpetrator stop the abuse in civil court.
Bill Number:
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
The Violence Against Women Act provides critical funding for direct services, professional training, and prevention programs that address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The reauthorization includes key improvements that will expand protections for the most marginalized groups and make stronger investments in prevention.
Bill Number:
H.R. 1585

Connect with your reps

It’s easy to forget, but important to do: Please thank the leaders who are co-sponsoring pro-women’s rights legislation, so they know just how much it means to you that they have our back. You should also ask your other reps to get on board. It’s easy! Call, email, write, or tweet. Be sure to include @NOW_NYC in your tweets or cc to keep us in the loop!

Here’s what you should include in your message:

  1. Your name and neighborhood
  2. The bill name and number
  3. A short and simple message about why this legislation matters to you.

Join the fight of our lives

We’re empowering you to be the truth tellers, the rule makers, and the rally voices. We can’t do this alone, and neither should you.

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