Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) did nothing yesterday to combat the perception that his party is mounting a full on assault against women’s rights. The Governor shocked the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence when he vetoed $1.5 million in desperately needed funding that was supposed to be distributed to 30 rape crisis centers that the organization operates around the state… and did so in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Jennifer Dritt, the executive director of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, expressed her outrage to the Huffington Post:
We gave them information about the number of new survivors we have and we showed them that these rape crisis centers have waiting lists. Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren’t able to offer because of a lack of money.