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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2009


Will Help State Crisis Centers Better Respond To Cases Of Assault and Abuse

Schumer: Federal Dollars Will Enhance Services for Victims of Abuse

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a total of $119,214 to the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault Inc., authorized through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and funded by the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP). This program helps state coalitions provide victim services within their state, and collaborate with other federal, state and local entities to respond to similar issues within their jurisdiction.


“This is welcome news for victims of sexual abuse across New York State,” said Schumer. “We need to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault and providing the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault with the resources to enhance their services is a critical step toward achieving that goal. I have long fought for this critical funding and will continue to do so in the future.”


The Grants to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program will support statewide services and member rape crisis centers through funding, training, technical assistance, public awareness, and enhancing services and standards for member programs. Statewide domestic violence coalitions will provide similar support to member battered women’s shelters for victims of domestic abuse. State coalitions also will continue to work together to identify gaps in services and coordinate activities.


The Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, and is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provisions of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. Overall, the purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.


In 2005, Schumer fought to reauthorize the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Schumer supported efforts to strengthen the VAWA by expanding grant programs, supporting rural areas, and protecting victims. The original VAWA bill was authored by Schumer in the House of Representatives.


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