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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.


"Jane Doe Inc. keeps us grounded in the current policy developments, information, and emerging topics in domestic and sexual violence. Through their system change work and government relations, they rise our voice and share survivors’ concerns and needs. I can’t imagine leading a local agency without the support and expertise that I receive as a member of JDI. " ~ Marianne Winters - Executive Director at Safe Passage Inc.

Cosby verdict possible because of persistence and courage of survivors

Today a Pennsylvania jury found Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the case involving Andrea Constand.  The persistence and courage of survivors—those involved in this particular case and the many others who come forward despite attacks on them at many levels—made today’s verdict possible.

Justice and healing for survivors of sexual assault can be found in many ways.  While some victims and survivors choose to engage with the criminal justice system, others will seek support from their family, friends, health care providers, educators, and elsewhere.  It is our sincere hope that as survivors continue to come forward to tell their stories, they are believed and respected.

Supporting and believing survivors is essential, and we must continue to invest in our responses and to remove barriers, especially for those with the least access to justice and healing. In addition to critical services and support, we must increase our focus on prevention. We must care enough to educate our youth about healthy relationships, openly discuss consent, and intentionally call out and dismantle rape culture.

Jane Doe Inc. and the 16 rape crisis centers across Massachusetts will continue to work toward preventing sexual violence before it occurs.

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