Dear friend,

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 it.

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 violence.

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.

Talking Points:

  • Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are pervasive problems on college campuses across the country. Students shouldn't have to live in fear when they are just trying to get an education.
  • VAWA will invest in violence prevention education for youth and students of all ages.
  • We must do much more to stop this violence and to teach the next generation that violence is always wrong.
  • 84% of Native American women living on reservations will experience sexual violence.
  • VAWA will improve indigenous women's access to safety and justice by recognizing tribal sovereignty.
  • We need Congress to reauthorize this legislation this year to ensure a continued and strengthened response to these devastating crimes.
Thanks for your support!
This campaign has now concluded.