Why Women’s Voices Must Roar for VAWAPosted February 28th, 2013 by Dee Strum
It is ironic that the month of March, established by the U.S. Congress, in 1987, as “Women’s Month of History”, may this year be remembered as the month in which the U.S. House of Representatives failed to reauthorize one of the most powerful legal tools for the protection of ALL women against violence: the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.
With data collected by the Department of Justice our members of congress should understand the necessity to strengthen laws against sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking:
S. 47 includes the much needed funding for the prevention, prosecution, and victim services, with additional legislative supports for law enforcement, prosecutors offices and non-profits providing emergency shelters for women, and their families, as well as implementing educational campaigns to end domestic violence.
When the House returns to its legislative agenda, women everywhere must fight for VAWA’s legislative life. This is especially true for African American women and organizations as violence against women in our community occurs far too often.
Our voices and actions must ensure that VAWA is reauthorized to the benefit of all women. Some House members object to sections of VAWA because it would equally apply to: