Exciting Times!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 13:52 -- kdudley

Break the Cycle policy intern Kirby shares the excitement felt yesterday as VAWA passed as well as what Campus SaVE means for you!

Today has been a crazy and exciting day here at Break the Cycle and loveisrespect! 

First and foremost, the Violence Against Women Act, complete with Campus SaVE passed today.

The highest of fives!kirby

For us it’s the result of lots of hard work, but what really matters is what this means for young adults everywhere, people like you!

Girls between the ages of 16-24 experience intimate partner violence at a rate almost triple the national average; and women on college campuses are among the most targeted for this violence. On a campus with student population of 10,000, 350 rapes are likely to occur annually.

Now with the new VAWA and Campus SaVE, college campuses are required to report their statistics on dating violence and stalking, as well as be clear about how the school handles cases of these crimes when they are reported.

These precautions ensure that all victims will be informed of their rights and will know their options when they report an incident. Knowing that their school has clear procedures about changing academic, living, travel and work situations will encourage victims to come forward and report their attackers.

Campus SaVE also will promote prevention programs, working to educate about how to prevent sexual violence, or how you can help a friend that has become a victim.

We should all celebrate the passing of VAWA , and cheers to the Congress for making protecting and respecting women a national priority (finally).

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