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 make your voice heard!
Here are two general scripts that might be helpful!
If they have not yet signed on as a co-sponsor:
Hi, this is [Your Name] from [City/Town]. I am a constituent, and my zip code is [Zip Code]. I'm calling to urge the [Representative] to become a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women 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.
As a constituent and a [Ally of Survivors/Concerned Citizen/Survivor], I expect my representative to support survivors. They can do so with co-sponsorship, and a yes vote, on H.R. 6545.
If they have already signed on as a co-sponsor:
Hi, this is [Your Name] from [City/Town]. I am a constituent, and my zip code is [Zip Code]. I'm calling to thank [Representative] for becoming a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act.
It is time that Congress prioritizes sexual violence issues, and as a constituent and a [Ally of Survivors/Concerned Citizen/Survivor], I am very proud and grateful that [Representative] has proven their support by becoming a co-sponsor of H.R. 6545.
I urge them to work with their colleagues to encourage even more Representatives to co-sponsor and support this critical bill. Thank you again for your support, as a constituent, I see your commitment, and it is greatly appreciated.
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.