I am passionate aboutRise’s mission has provided human rights for survivors of sexual violence
through innovative techniques that have proven to be effective. We begin with
the concept of “Hope-a-nomics,” which is the belief that hope is
contagious and capable of producing change inside and outside of an
organization. This belief has allowed us to pass 18 laws throughout the U.S.,
in addition to the 21st federal bill in modern U.S. history to pass
unanimously through the U.S. Congress. Through this belief we have galvanized
organizers on the ground, and state legislators have used our federal bill as
a model to pass similar legislation across the United States. These bills
have ensured that nearly 40 million survivors of sexual violence in the U.S.
have access to basic human rights, such as the right to not have their rape
kit examinations destroyed before the statute of limitations is up, the right
to be informed of all of their rights, the right to not be charged for their
rape kit exams, and the right to have access to the survivors’ police
report and medical records. Moreover, we use gamification theory to motivate
our organizers to pass laws and train them to communicate with lawmakers to
find common ground. With these tools we are taking our movement globally to
ensure human rights for survivors worldwide.
ActionsIn 2016, Rise spearheaded the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill
of Rights through the U.S. Congress, becoming the 21st bill in modern U.S.
history to pass unanimously through Congress. Since then 18 similar bills
have passed throughout the U.S. for cases adjudicated on the state-level,
modeled on our federal legislation. Our work is measured by the tangible
progress that we have made for the 40 million survivors in the U.S. so far.
Moreover, we’ve had survivors reach out to us personally, expressing how
important the passage of these laws have been for their own access to