Will Grimm Do the Right Thing?
VAWA Reduces Violence Against Women - Will Grimm Support Ending Violence Against for All Gender Violence Victims?
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (S. 1925) enables women to be protected from all forms of violence - domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Yet many Republicans are opposing the Act because of new protections for LGBTQ individuals and immigrants. VAWA is a success, and has reduced violence against women by 63% since the law’s inception in 1994 and saved tens of billions of dollars in social costs. VAWA addresses the discriminatory practices women face when it comes to housing, age, ability, and immigration status, making it possible for immigrant women to file for legal status for themselves and their children without their abuser knowing. In the case of tribal communities, VAWA helps Native American women in changing the criminal justice tribal laws that only benefit men and protects victims of violence in the LGBTQ community. Failing to reauthorize VAWA would be disasterous for victims of violence across the country. We must save S. 1925’s important provisions that provide better access to law enforcement for women in Indian country, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims who are finding doors to shelters and programs closed to them.
Take Action NOW By Urging Your Representative to Support VAWA:
Please call and email your Congressional Representative and urge them to to support a “clean” VAWA, with no harmful amendments. You can say something like: “We won’t go back to the tragic days before VAWA passed in 1994. We won’t abandon girls and women, boys and men, just because they have special needs and special circumstances that have not been addressed previously. There are no ‘bad’ victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, only humans who need and deserve our embrace and help. Pass S. 1925.” Learn more about this bill.