Violence Against Women Act
NATIONAL RALLY on Capitol Hill
JUNE 26th, 2012
U.S. Capitol on the corner of 1st Street & Constitution Ave.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
AFA-CWA helped spearhead the implementation of VAWA in the early 1990s, and we will continue our legacy of fighting to end abuse in personal relationships. The U.S. Senate could be voting this week to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
First signed into law in 1994, funding for VAWA must be reauthorized every few years. While VAWA has been reauthorized twice with overwhelming bipartisan support, this years reauthorization may not be as easy. VAWA serves to decrease the frequency of assault on women. From VAWA’s enactment in 1994 until 2010 the number of women killed by their intimate partner fell 30%, and the annual rate of domestic violence against women fell more than 60%[i]. Now would also extend that same protection to same-sex couples and victims of international sex trafficking. It does this by funding rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and other community based organizations to provide a safety net from abuse, while aiding investigation and prosecution of the assailant.
Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA, with all of the provisions in S. 1925 included, to the President that serves ALL victims and contains NO rollbacks to the current VAWA. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over. We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option.
Meet at 11:00 at the AFA-CWA headquarters, 501 3rd Street NW and walk to the Capitol. Call 202.434.0568 for more information.
VAWA DC Rally Flier (5).pdf