If you have time this afternoon or tomorrow morning, please call the Senator and Representative that represents the city or town where you live and ask their aides to speak to the legislator they work for about signing on as a co-sponsor to Senate bill No. 1913 “An Act Relative to Sexual Assault and Stalking Restraining Orders”. (This is the same restraining order bill that we’ve been working on for a few years. Senator Chandler filed it this year with a different title.) Anya, Challis and I have been making calls as BARCC representatives but it always helps for the Senators and Representatives to receive calls from their constituents as well.
Please let them know that this bill would provide a crucial legal protection for survivors worried about their safety after a sexual assault or while being stalked. (They probably won’t ask any questions, but if they do, you can simply tell them that the majority of survivors of sexual assault and stalking know their perpetrators but are not related to or in a dating relationship with them. This bill would allow sexual assault and stalking survivors to obtain a criminally enforceable protection order against their assailant or stalker even if they are not family or have ever been in a dating relationship.) I’ve attached the bill and a 2006 Globe editorial that you can offer to e-mail them if they don’t yet know about the bill.
Here is a link to the webpage where you can find your legislators. http://www.mass.gov/legis/
They have to sign on as co-sponsors by 4 tomorrow so any calls you can make would be much appreciated.