Demand Funding for Rape Victim Advocacy Group

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Target: Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois

Goal: End budget stalemate so that rape victims can receive vital services.

Rape Victim Advocates, a Chicago-based organization, is preparing to cut some of its services due to lack of funding. The Illinois budget is in crisis. For five months, Illinois politicians have been postponing budget talks that would put an end to a financial stalemate. Due to this procrastination, state-funded programs are suffering. Urge Illinois politicians to make the budget a priority so that rape victims will continue to have this vital support.

Rape Victim Advocates is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing crucial services to rape victims in the Chicago area. Mostly volunteer based, this organization strives to provide nonjudgmental advice and support to rape victims and create global awareness on sexual violence. Their services include counseling, crisis intervention, and medical and legal advocacy. Volunteers at Rape Victim Advocates work with local hospitals in order to provide these services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Without this support, many rape victims would be without emotional and legal help and would not receive the justice that they deserve.

The organization of Rape Victim Advocates receives 20 percent of its funding from the state of Illinois. Because of this funding, they are able to provide their services free of charge. With the budget crisis going strong, they are now at risk of losing these funds. Sign below to demand that Illinois politicians initiate budget talks and end this damaging financial stalemate immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Rauner,

The Illinois budget is in crisis. Without the necessary collaboration of Illinois politicians, state funding will continue to be denied to vital nonprofit organizations. One of these organizations, Rape Victim Advocates, is struggling.

Rape Victim Advocates is a Chicago based program that provides rape victims with counseling, crisis intervention, and medical and legal advocacy. Its volunteers work day and night to help rape victims who, otherwise, may not survive. It can provide these services free of charge due to the help of the state of Illinois. Rape Victim Advocates receives 20 percent of its funding from the state. Now, with the stalemate going on its fifth month, the program is struggling. If Rape Victim Advocates does not receive its funding, it will be forced to cut back on its services and leave many rape victims without necessary support.

Five months is too long. We demand that you initiate budget talks immediately so that Rape Victim Advocates can continue the important work that it does for the Chicago community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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