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Policy Priority: Funding - City

In the 2009 budget, the City Council funded the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault (Alliance) and 3 rape crisis programs for $450,000. The Alliance, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center, Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center all provide critical services and assistance to underserved populations—children, adolescents, young trafficked persons, men and various immigrant communities with the funding. We and the eight million New York City residents impacted on an individual and community level by sexual violence are greatly appreciative of this commitment on the part of the Council.

Despite the support the City Council provides to fight sexual violence, overall, direct services for victims and advocacy organizations that work to affect social change are woefully underfunded. Ultimately, the $450,000 allocation from the Council reflects .001% of the total amount of money available . Again, in a city of eight million people, this reflects an investment of approximately five cents per person.

At the current level of support, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual can commit to maintaining some core initiatives including: critical work with youth, immigrant communities and limited support to Project ENVISION, our sexual violence primary prevention program and the other funded programs can continue their important work with underserved populations. While we recognize the challenging economic climate, we also want to consider how an increase in funding would impact preventing sexual violence and reducing the harm upon the lives of victims and the larger community.

Actions:

  • Inform City Council members about the funding for sexual violence in the budget and respectfully request their commitment for additional funding when possible.
  • Advocate for increased state support of services and prevention


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Deesha Narichania accepts her 2011 Lydia Martinez award
Deesha Narichania accepts her 2011 Lydia Martinez award