JOIN THE MOVEMENT
I BELIEVE YOU.ORG seeks work with other advocacy organizations to accomplish social and judicial changes in our country. A part of our mission is to advocate for change and we need your help to make change happen.
We believe that by working together we can impact the lives of survivors. By working together our voices are no longer white noise but our voices can be heard. We have the opportunity to communicate with policy makers and government officials to help them understand the epidemic of sexual assault and that there are ways that the government can protect its citizens. We need the word to know that sexual violence is not accepted and perpetrators will be held accountable for their crimes.
Let’s work together and lift our voices. Read below current initiatives of I BELIEVE YOU.ORG and other advocacy organizations and do what you can to help create safer communities for this generation and many to come.
Current advocacy campaign at Joyful Heart: Urge your government representatives to fund rape kit testing
When a victim of sexual assault reports the assault, a doctor or nurse will photograph, swab and conduct an invasive and exhaustive examination of the victim’s entire body for DNA evidence left behind by the attacker—a process that may take four to six hours to complete.
Most people—with good reason—assume that evidence will be utilized to its fullest extent and in a timely manner to bring a perpetrator to justice. The reality, though, is that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are estimated to be sitting untested in police and storage facilities across the country. We must eliminate this backlog. We must give survivors the justice they deserve. We must hold perpetrators accountable. The stakes are simply too high.
You can contact your state and federal elected officials quickly and easily on www.ENDTHEBACKLOG.org, our website dedicated to ending the rape kit backlog.
Get started right now:
Write to President Obama and Vice President Biden
Write to Attorney General Eric Holder
Write to your U.S. Members of Congress
Write to your Governor
Write to your State House Representative
Write to your State Senators
We also invite you to stay informed about the rape kit backlog and to raise awareness in your community.
Finally, we encourage you to come back to this section regularly to keep informed of the latest advocacy opportunities. Over the coming months, we'll be updating it with new features so that you can take action and advocate even more easily. To receive more action alerts and updates, visit our sign up page here.