To continuously ignite, trailblaze, influence and move the social meter of legal protections for victims of sexual trauma by partnering with local and state officials to pass legislation that supports and safeguards survivors.
After being raped in the middle of the night at age 13, Founder, Author, and Survivors Coach, Lavinia Masters, muscled the courage to report the attack and went so far as to submit the required rape kit. Unfortunately, that rape kit remained on the shelves of local law enforcement for 21 years, long after the statue of limitations expired. That expiration inspired Lavinia to make sure no other sexual assault survivor's kit got lost in the shuffle, and since 2004, Lavinia has worked tirelessly to end rape kit backlog. She's bravely spoken on behalf of victims since 2004 and was the inspiration behind House Bill 8 - The Lavinia Masters Act. Her voice has been used to speak to state and federal legislators such as Texas State Representative Victoria Neave (D), who she worked alongside with to present the bill in addition to partnering with Senior Senator John Cornyn (R) until Governor Greg Abbott (R) passed it onto law. Lavinia advocated for the immediate processing of rape kits and now serves as an advocate to ensure sexual assault survivors have the needed evidence and legal protections to move forward with prosecution.
In the middle of the night a stranger interrupted Lavinia in the middle of her sleep. After being sexually assaulted, Lavinia received a call from DPD regarding her "cold" and unsolved rape case. Read more...
Let Lavinia walk you through the pain of the experience into your new, unintended purpose.
Our faith-based speech empowerment workshops walks you through the attack and into your newfound outspoken purpose so that you can regain your sexual identity, recoup your rights and reclaim the innocence of the sexual purity that was stolen.
The SAB will help guide TAASA’s policy initiatives, ensure sexual assault policies make sense for survivors and victims, and inform the work of the Governors Sexual Assault Survivor’s Task Force, which was formed last year.
Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) is housed in the Office of the Governor's Public Safety Office and seeks to establish a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, collaborative and coordinated response to sexual violence experienced by adults and children in Texas.
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