Your support empowers students and survivors leading this fight and makes our movement possible.
Sexual violence impacts millions of Americans each year and has been declared a “silent violent epidemic” by the American Medical Association. With an estimated 1 in 10 students experiencing sexual violence during their time in college, sexual violence directly affected about 1.97 million college students in 2020, making it the most prevalent crime on campus, with populations of intersecting marginalized identities at even greater risk. Despite the prevalence of sexual violence, in 2016, the year The Every Voice Coalition was founded, 89% of all colleges and universities across the country reported zero cases of rape on campus. This is unsurprising when studies estimate that 90% of survivors choose not to make a report after an incident showing a clear disconnect between what is being reported by schools and what is actually happening to students on campuses.
How We’re Making Change
In order to break the cycle of violence and provide survivors with the support and resources they need, the Every Voice Coalition brings together students and survivors, community organizations, and universities to combat campus sexual violence by passing student and survivor-written legislation on the state level. Our policy focus is simple: prevent sexual violence before it happens and center the needs of a survivor when it does. Since our founding in 2016, we’ve already passed our first two laws in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The passage of these laws marked the first laws in the history of both states aimed specifically at addressing curbing campus sexual violence.
We are currently empowering and training students to write their own rights into law in 10 states across the country. From Bates College in Maine to the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Manoa in Hawai’i to Penn State, Yale to the University of Chicago, survivors are speaking out about sexual violence, and allies are joining them to demand change. Sexual assault is a complex issue, and there is no one solution, but there are a set of proven measures that we can implement now:
1. Free access to medical and legal support services for students through partnerships between universities and rape crisis centers.
2. Amnesty policy that prevents students from being punished for reporting due to alcohol or drug use at the time of an assault.
3. Confidential advising services to students to make clear their rights and options.
4. Collect public data on sexual violence through climate surveys to increase transparency, measure progress, and improve policy.
5. Provide annual, evidence-based prevention and response training for all students and staff.
As young people ourselves, we put young people at the forefront of civically engaged leadership, and we have proof this model method of movement building is successful through the passage of two laws. To carry out this model, our 10-week summer program, the Next Generation Leaders Fellowship, is designed to empower and train future leaders through knowledge-sharing and hands-on, experiential learning to learn how to lead a movement for legislative change in their state. Post fellowship, the majority of fellows continue to lead the state’s efforts and receive one-on-one coaching, state-team support, year-round educational programming, and opportunities to work with and learn from generations of experts in the field.
Join our Movement
As emerging leaders in the fields of both campus sexual violence policy reform and in advanced civic engagement training for students, we are poised to shift the landscape for what change-making looks like. We have proof of concept in the passage of our first two laws, and the Every Voice Coalition is ready to fight for legislation in all 50 states. The level of impact we seek - and that we know we are capable of achieving - will be possible with your support.
We hope you will consider joining our movement to fight sexual violence and support survivors through supporting our student leaders and their efforts across the country. Every single dollar counts - no amount is too small. Together, we will push for the changes that are needed to combat campus sexual assault and keep future generations of students safe. Will you join us?
Please note that The Every Voice Coalition works in fiscal partnership with the Social Good Fund