The Violence Against Women Act (S. 47) has reached 60 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate, including recent co-sponsor Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). It is likely to be voted on in the coming week, so now is the time to take action to ensure that it is reauthorized, and reauthorized with the additional provisions to protect immigrant women, the LGBT community, and Native and Alaskan women.
ACTION ITEM ONE:
Continue to reach out to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. When you are connected to your Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA. Tell that staffer the following:
1). I am a constituent from ________ and my name is ____________.
2). I urge Senator __________ to co-sponsor S. 47, a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and to oppose weakening, harmful, or non-germane amendments. The bill could come to the floor of the Senate in a matter of days.
3). Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator is a co-sponsor.
ACTION ITEM TWO:
We want to be sure to thank Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for becoming co-sponsors.
Writing letters and/or calling the Senator’s office to thank them are both great ways to show your appreciation.
Also consider more public methods such as leaving a thank you message on the Senator’s Facebook page or sending them a thank you message on Twitter.
Also consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper thanking your Senator for supporting VAWA and outlining the reasons why this legislation is so important.
Why is an inclusive VAWA so important?
- Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other women in the USA and yet they are rarely able to access justice.
- Immigrant women often face higher rates of sexual harassment and of battering than other women, yet are less able to report these crimes due to their legal status, isolation and other factors.
- LGBT survivors of domestic violence often face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity when attempting to access services.