State Spotlight: Ohio
Governor Signs Law to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking
On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law legislation that would crack down on sex traffickers. The new law, which was passed unanimously by the Ohio Legislature, increases the penalty of buying sex from a minor to a fifth-degree felony from a misdemeanor. The harsher penalty aims to deter the state’s growing problem, as an estimated 1,078 Ohio children are victims of trafficking each year. Congratulations to AAUW of Ohio members who organized to make this law a reality.
Reposted from Washington Update, an internal communication for public policy leaders and members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The AAUW Ohio Orbit Spring 2014 issue is now online and includes all the information you need to register for our Aug. 9 AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2014, which will feature our very own Lisa Maatz, AAUW VP of Public Policy.
You’ll also find:
- Public policy updates
- Coverage of AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014 keynote speakers
- Branch Award winners
- Photos from Convention
- News about AAUW Ohio
Download issues of Ohio Orbit.
Interested in working to end sexual assault on college campuses? Take a look at AAUW’s newly revamped Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit, a set of resources for students, faculty, staff, and advocates to raise awareness of, take action on, and find important information about campus sexual assault.
Have you used a resource from the tool kit? Let us know what you are doing on your campus, and share your stories and pictures with firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can learn about the great work you are doing.
Keep the momentum going: Sign AAUW Ohio’s Petition in Support of HB 130!
HB 130 increases protection for Ohio’s trafficking survivors, particularly minors and survivors with developmental disabilities. It also improves services for survivors, eases the burden of proof for prosecutors, and increases the punishment for traffickers and men who pay for sex with children.
Ohio’s End Demand Act (HB 130) had its second hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. It is up to us to keep the momentum going for this bill to become law.
Sign AAUW Ohio’s petition today in support of HB 130, to end the demand!
AAUW Ohio Action Network
AAUW will participate in a Rally for the Future of Ohio’s Higher Education at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse. Karen Rainey, public policy advocate, will be there, along with other AAUW Ohio members. Join us!
The event is planned by the Ohio Higher Education Coalition, a newly formed statewide collaboration representing faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community at large. It includes the Ohio Student Association, Ohio Education association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, American Association of University Professors, Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association and New Faculty Majority.
Download the flyer, which includes a map with location and parking options.
Testimony on House Concurrent Resolution 52
Before the House Health and Aging Committee
The Hon. Lynn Wachtman, Chair
By Karen Rainey, AAUW of Ohio Public Policy Advocate
May 7, 2014
Chairman Wachtman, Vice Chair Gonzales, Ranking Minority Member Antonio:
My name is Karen Rainey, and I am speaking for AAUW of Ohio, representing 1,500 members in 44 branches throughout Ohio. Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW’s members-adopted public policy program makes increased access to quality, affordable health care and family planning services a priority.
Sadly, we cannot support this resolution. This resolution, which would put the stamp of approval on crisis pregnancy centers by the Ohio House of Representatives, is an attempt to give undeserved legitimacy to crisis pregnancy centers. These centers simply don’t measure up to AAUW standards for safe, accessible, affordable and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services.
Crisis pregnancy centers are less than comprehensive; indeed, they have been shown to be manipulative providers of inaccurate and misleading health information. Their scope of services is limited and may not even offer access to contraceptives. Women experiencing unintended pregnancies or in need of family planning services deserve to receive accurate, unbiased medical information in order to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
We are heartened that just recently, Google—that giant company—has taken down deceptive ads by crisis pregnancy centers. We’re sure that Google does not pass up advertising revenue willingly without solid evidence that the advertising is misleading and inaccurate.
The resolution appears to be a prelude to providing state funding to crisis pregnancy centers. I testified on behalf of AAUW on House Bill 59, the biennial budget, against the potential diversion of federal TANF funds to support crisis pregnancy centers. TANF funds have eroded over recent years while the number of Ohio families with children living in deep poverty (below half the poverty line) has increased. It’s imperative that we continue to alleviate this extreme poverty with TANF dollars, rather than siphon off these funds for a spurious use.
We respectfully request that the Health Committee reject this resolution.
Thank you for your time.
Read more testimony provided by Karen Rainey, AAUW Ohio Public Policy Advocate, in the Ohio Legislature.
We’re famous! AAUW Ohio’s Tweet was on MSNBC yesterday. We participated in a Tweet Storm on #WhatMothersNeed. Here’s the screenshot.
Janice began her communications career as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor. She has two advanced degrees — master’s degrees in business, with an emphasis on management and marketing, and education, with a focus on adult education.
She served the Zanesville Branch as president and programming vice president. Under her leadership, the branch has increased membership and community involvement. She was instrumental in the creation of an AAUW Campus Affiliate at Muskingum University, which provides opportunities for young women in leadership and community advocacy.
Tucker-McCloud is a pioneer in dyslexia education, as she is certified in the Orton-Gillingham approach through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southeastern Ohio. She has provided more than 800 hours of one-on-one multisensory tutoring to children and young adults with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Janice lives in Zanesville with her husband, Carl. Read the story on Janice and the other award winners.
Malinda Gaul, a member of the AAUW Board of Directors, shared this wonderful new membership recruitment video with us at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014. Add the link to “The Power of Membership” to your branch website. For help or more information, email email@example.com or visit the AAUW website.
Deepti Gudapati, AUW director of membership leadership progams, suggested sharing this 30-second Title IX AAUW PSA, “You Throw Like a Girl,” on branch websites and via social media.