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Freedom from Sexual Violence

CCASA Change Maker Jennifer Eyl

 

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About Jennifer Eyl

I have worked with victims of sexual violence since I began graduate school in 1994.  I became involved with CCASA in 2000, shortly after I began working at WINGS Foundation.  WINGS former ED, Judy Page, was a member of the CCASA board, and recruited me as a member.  I was on the board from 2000 to 2004.  During that time, I became involved in public policy and legal advocacy work for survivors, which motivated me to go to law school.  I became involved in efforts to change the statute of limitations for sexual assault on a child and making emergency contraception available in emergency rooms.  During law school, I chaired the public policy committee and spent a summer at CCASA as a legal intern, conducting research on matters important to survivors.  My involvement has continued since graduating from law school in 2008, and I chaired the public policy committee for several years.  Today, I continue to participate in the public policy committee and serve as a resource to the CCASA staff and member programs on legal issues.  I am currently the director of the domestic violence program at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, where I frequently advocate for adult and child victims of sexual violence in civil protection order cases.

Jennifer & CCASA

When I started at WINGS in 1999, I was familiar with the resources for survivors in the Denver metro area, but knew very little about the rest of the state.  Through CCASA, I quickly became connected to a much larger network of services, advocates, and the movement in general.  CCASA’s impact on public policy in Colorado cannot be measured.  As a coalition with statewide membership, CCASA has succeeded at passing new legislation to protect survivors and stopping legislation that would hurt survivors every single year.  CCASA’s successes are too many to name, but they include:  changing the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse from 10 years to no limitations; addressing female genital mutilation in our legislature; ensuring that survivors of sexual assault receive information about emergency contraception in the emergency room; protecting the rights of survivors while addressing the treatment and containment needs of offenders; creating an emergency fund to help survivors pay for medical expenses that result of their victimization; and so much more.

 

Jennifer say’s, “Without CCASA, sexual violence victim service programs would be just a bunch of individual agencies, operating around the state, with no one to bring them together for a larger purpose.  That sense of larger purpose is what has kept me in this field for 20 years.  I can’t imagine continuing to do this work without continuing to be involved with CCASA.”