Testimony on Campus Sexual Violence - John Gabrieli
Thank you to John Gabrieli, of EVery Voice Coalition. John came to Concord on February 20, 2020 to testify in support of SB 679, a bill co-sponsored by Young Dem State Rep. Cam Kenney relative to campus sexual violence. As a Core leader in drafting this legislation alongside Prime sponsor, Senator Hennessey, we recognize John's Commitment and expertise in passing this monumental legislation to protect college students from future sexual violence. SB 679, now included in the HB 705 Omnibus bill, would implement comprehensive resources and staff to support future victims and survivors, and proactively educate students on this issue. We hope the NH State legislature will pass this legislation on June 30, 2020.
John Gabrieli is Executive Director of the Every Voice Coalition, an all-volunteer grassroots student organization working to elevate the voices of students and survivors to combat campus sexual violence. As a college student in 2014, John wrote Senate Bill S.650, which at the time would have made Massachusetts the first state in the country to pass a statewide sexual assault campus climate survey and share the results publicly. As a co-chair at Every Voice, over the last five years, John has worked to bring together students across Massachusetts to advocate for comprehensive legislation to prevent sexual violence and ensure justice for survivors. Over that period, more than 100,000 supporters have signed on in support of the Every Voice bills, which have also been endorsed by Jane Doe Inc., the American Association of University Women, Girls Inc., SurvJustice, End Rape on Campus, Know Your IX, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and the Boston Globe.
Since moving to New Hampshire in 2018, John has helped organize student advocacy efforts for Every Voice legislation in New Hampshire, working alongside the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Senator Martha Hennessey to draft and file Senate Bill SB 679. Today, Every Voice bills have now been filed across 5 states, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as Hawaii, Connecticut, and Illinois.