What we've done, what you can doWe've had a great few months, but now it's up to you
It’s been an amazing summer and fall for all of us at Fighting for Children. We have taken a bill that has been a political hot potato for a decade and made it an election issue. We have voters talking about the Omnibus Child Victims Act. We have taken the pain and injustice sex abuse survivors suffer, and turned it into the political will to make sweeping change.
To be more specific:
—– We have disbursed $200,000 to 24 candidates who pledge to support the Omnibus Child Victims Act
—– Most of our primary candidates won
—– We were present at 20 rallies for the bill, from Buffalo to Long Island
—– We got op-eds published in key districts
—– One of our candidates, Leslie Danks-Burke, made the first ever campaign TV ad about this bill and her support of it
—– We educated countless voters about the reality of child sexual abuse, enabling them to better protect their children long after election day
We’ve been busy. But at the end of the day, it’s you, the voters, who will make the real difference. Here’s what you need to do:
—– Vote! You really do have the power, especially in state Senate and Assembly races that are often won or lost by narrow margins. Here are our endorsed candidates.
—– If you don’t live in a district with an endorsed candidate, vote anyway! Keep in mind that this bill has never garnered support from a single Senate Republican, ever.
—– Get your friends to vote. Talk with them why this issue is important to you, and the impact their vote can have.
—– After the election, contact your local state representatives, regardless of who they are or what party they represent. Tell them that the Omnibus Child Victims Act is important to you, and why. You can find the contact for your local representatives at www.votesmart.org
—– Keep talking about the issue. If you’re reading this, you know that most sex offenders never see a day behind bars and that most of their victims never get a day in court. Parents need to know that. It really does take a village to raise a child, and we can all play a role in protecting kids.
It’s been a wild ride, and it’s not over yet. Thank you for all our support. We’re counting on you for more of it until election day, and beyond.