Just a month after Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney set up a commission to help curb sexual assault and domestic violence, the state legislature has voted to eliminate 70 percent of public funding for state rape crisis centers and sexual assault services.
The Boston Globe says that advocates and members of Jane Doe Inc., the state’s largest support service for sexual assault victims, gathered yesterday on the State House steps to decry the cuts and lobby for a supplemental budget.
The loss of funding could close 13 of the 18 state rape crisis centers, some as soon as Tuesday, the first day of the next fiscal year.
A new report estimates that nearly one of every seven women in Massachusetts have been victims of at least one rape in their lifetime.