Cory Booker and Bonnie Watson-Coleman Aim to Uplift Voices of Underserved Communities in Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ) last week introduced identical bicameral resolutions to call on Congress to focus greater attention and resources on the prevention of sexual assault and violence and support for victims -- especially members of underserved communities. Minority and low-income communities experience sexual violence at higher rates and are less likely to have access to justice, mental, and emotional support resources after being victimized. The resolution affirms “a commitment to elevate the voices, leadership, and needs of historically and currently disenfranchised and underserved communities in the effort to end sexual violence and support all survivors of sexual violence, including immigrant survivors, survivors with disabilities, survivors of color, American Indian or Alaska Native survivors, survivors of child sexual abuse, queer and intersex survivors, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender survivors.” Co-sponsoring the resolution in the Senate are Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). More here.