In 2014, Laura L. Dunn, Esq., founded SurvJustice with the goal of assisting survivors across the nation. SurvJustice is grateful for her service to the organization.
Dunn's journey towards founding SurvJustice began in April 2004, when two crew teammates sexually assaulted Dunn during her freshmen year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). She eventually reported the attack to campus officials and police but faced hostility from campus officials, victim-blaming from police, and mismanagement of her civil case by a local attorney. Dunn continued to demand justice by filing a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and became an outspoken survivor and student activist in Wisconsin. Yet despite her efforts, Dunn never received justice through either the campus, civil, or criminal system.
Eventually, Dunn triumphed over injustice, helping to influence the 2011 Title IX Guidance known as the “Dear Colleague Letter.” She was a guest of then-Vice President Joe Biden for the release of this guidance, which clarified schools' responsibility to address campus sexual violence. Dunn also worked with national organizations to propose the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which eventually passed as Section 304 of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, amending the Clery Act.