In the last session of Congress, the leadership of the House let an extremely important piece of legislation - the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - expire for the first time ever. VAWA provides critical federal resources to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Thankfully, VAWA is getting another chance. The Senate just passed a comprehensive, bipartisan bill - but it still needs to pass in the House, where it faces stiff opposition.
Aside from ensuring survivors of violence get the essential help they need, this new bill extends and strengthens protections for LGBT individuals and Native Americans.
It's time our Representatives woke up to the realities of sexual assault and pass a bill that protects all people. Sign our petition telling the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act today!
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) re-authorization bill, leaving intact provisions that protect LBT women and women of Native American descent.
The vote ends a year-long standoff on a bill that is seen as vital to protect women from domestic violence. The House infamously failed to reauthorize the bill during the previous congress and looked set to stall on the Senate version of the bill that passed in a 78-22 vote earlier this month. Thanks to a huge outpouring of support from activists like you, the bill passed with bi-partisan support. Read more >>
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