We live free of fear, intimidation and violence at home, at work and in our neighborhoods — no matter where we’re from, who we love, or how we identify.

Each year in the United States, an estimated 8.6 million women are stalked.

Unfortunately, the first Majority Rule is far from the current reality. Each year in the United States, an estimated 8.6 million women are stalked. From mounting instances of mass shootings and gun violence against women and children, climbing rates of intimate partner violence to escalating crimes perpetrated against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, rising murders of trans women, to increasing disappearances of both Black and Indigenous women, we are subjected to an onslaught of threats in our day-to-day lives which threaten our ability to feel safe and navigate the world freely.

Reforms must address these stark realities to ensure that women can live free from violence, for example by:

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Case Study: Stalking Lease Release, Sen. Kim Jackson (Georgia)

Everyone is entitled to feel safe and secure in their homes. But that’s not always the case for people experiencing stalking — a prevalent problem across the United States.

People experiencing stalking should be able to pursue safer housing options without financial penalty, but that wasn’t always the case for Georgia residents. State Senator Kim Jackson of Georgia (District 41, Stone Mountain) introduced SB 75 – Stalking Lease Release in February 2021 that allows stalking victims to safely terminate their lease. SB 75 became law on July 1, 2021, making Georgia the fourteenth state to enact legislation allowing stalking victims to terminate their lease without consequence. The law provides a civil pathway for people experiencing stalking without having to wait for a criminal trial, allowing people who have been victimized and harmed to get away from the people who are victimizing them.

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