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 sending one or more of the below tweets out to your Representatives today to make sure your voice is heard. Survivors deserve action on VAWA now!