In the current political
climate, it is more important than ever to demand protections for survivors of
domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Our partners
in congress and in the non-profit space have worked hard to create legislation
to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a critical bill to
address the needs of survivors and their communities. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-TX) has introduced the legislation; now, we urgently need to rally support
from Members of Congress, in the form of co-sponsorship or a commitment to
reauthorize from legislators on both sides of the aisle. Please show
your support for VAWA today by calling on your Member of Congress to support
With each iteration of
VAWA, Congress responds to emerging issues brought forward by advocates on the
ground. This reauthorization expands federal enforcement of domestic violence
related firearm laws in order to ensure that survivors, their families, and communities
are safe from gun violence. It also centers the needs of people from
disenfranchised communities to ensure that our system best serves all
survivors. From critical protections and funding for indigenous women living on
reservations to updated definitions to protections for incarcerated survivors,
this legislation is an important step in achieving the enhancements survivors
need, and advocates have asked for.
End Rape on Campus is
pleased to support this legislation. The funding and protections made available
by this bill will take steps to help ensure that survivors of all identities
have increased access to services and protections under the law and will
emphasize the continued need for protections for survivors of campus sexual
With the expiration of VAWA
on the horizon, we can no longer afford to wait to begin pushing a
reauthorization bill. We need to act now to convey our support and secure
co-sponsors and votes from both sides of the aisle. Join us by calling
your Representatives and Senators and make your voice heard!
Here is a general script
that might be helpful!
"Hi, this is [Your Name] from [City/Town]. I'm calling to urge the [Senator/Representative] to vote in favor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. This measure, which has received strong bipartisan support since it was first enacted in 1994, has been cast aside for too long. It is time Congress prioritizes sexual violence issues.
"Hi, this is [Your Name] from [City/Town]. I'm calling to urge the [Senator/Representative] to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. This measure, which has received strong bipartisan support since it was first enacted in 1994, has been cast aside for too long. It is time Congress prioritizes sexual violence issues.
Below are some basic
talking points and facts you can use, in addition to the above script, when you
call your Senators and Representatives and demand they support VAWA.
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