Public Policy

Lawmakers in Georgia and Washington, D.C., need to hear from you – because your voice the best in advocating for sexual assault survivors, sexual assault centers, prevention initiatives, and more. Click here to find your state, and federal lawmakers and public officials. 


GNESA’s Role in Public Policy

GNESA actively works with state and federal officials to shape public policy that affects survivors, sexual assault centers, perpetrators, and nearly anyone who is involved in issues regarding sexual violence. We work in partnership with other like-minded organizations, as well as with individuals who are passionate about stopping sexual violence. 

2013 State Legislative Agenda

  • Protect and obtain additional funding for sexual assault centers across Georgia. Click here to read The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s article, “Rape crisis centers in Trouble” 
  • Change the definition of rape in Georgia to mirror the new federal definition of rape: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
  • Support the Elder Protection Modernization Act, which will help Georgia meet the challenge of protecting its oldest residents by:
    1. Updating and modernizing Georgia’s statutory definition of elder maltreatment to include sexual abuse and exploitation; and 
    2. Enhancing the mandatory reporting of elder maltreatment by expanding mandatory reporters to include home health aides, EMS personnel, and EMTs – and by requiring all mandatory reporters to report simultaneously to both adult protective services and to law enforcement, regardless of whether the alleged perpetrator is an employee or volunteer of a long-term care facility.


Contact us to learn more about our current public policy initiatives.