Yesterday, a group of BADASSes in Ohio travelled to the state capital, Columbus, to give testimony in support of HB497. HB497 is a bipartisan bill prohibiting the dissemination of intimate images. It was introduced in February 2018 and its sponsors include Rep. John Rogers and Rep. Nathan Manning.
The day started with brunch provided by Lynn Wellman and Stop Feeding the Predators. They were great to partner with and provided much-appreciated support to BADASS throughout the day. We are excited about the partnership moving forward.
We are confident that all of our hard work will pay off and that HB497 will pass this session. After the testimony we gave, it’s hard to see how anyone could oppose this bill.
Founder Katelyn Bowden had this to say:
“Thanks to the very moving testimonies of some very brave BADASSes, it’s a good bet that Ohio HB497 will be past the session quickly. Every testimonial was given with a ferocity, strength, and resiliency that carried more stories than just her own- we woke a lot of people up to the horrific reality that is image abuse. And we are making some long overdue changes to the world.”
It’s an exciting time to be part of this organization as we help to shape future policy and raise awareness of what it means to be a victim of image abuse. All of us are overwhelmed with pride for our fellow BADASSes who had the courage to speak out yesterday in hopes that others will not have to endure the trauma of non-consensual image abuse.
One highlight of the day was Lynne from DFTP presenting Katelyn with this trophy. Katelyn was set to receive an award from the YWCA for being one of Ohio’s distinguished young women yesterday, but she chose to miss the award ceremony so that she could represent us in Columbus instead! Thank you, Katelyn!!!
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