To: The United States House of Representatives

House GOP: Stop blocking protections for women! Support the re-authorization of the Violence Agai...

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Tell Congress to Extend the Violence Against Women Act.

Why is this important?

I hope this story will inspire you to join me in urging the House of Representatives to pass the Violence Against Women Act:

In 1983, I was a victim of rape at gunpoint. My rapist had already raped four women in my community, I was his fifth victim. He has never been captured. At the time, I was a single mother of a five-year old daughter and attending a local community college. The Violence Against Women Act initially strengthened federal penalties for repeat sex offenders, mandated that women don't have to pay for their own rape exams, and helped communities develop law enforcement units dedicated to violence against women.

This Act has been allowed to expire, which is totally unacceptable. GOP members of the House need to stop blocking its re-authorization immediately!

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Reasons for signing

  • Rape is a crime of hate. All 50 states need to stop blaming the victims. This also happens to gay men and transgender people. There is no excuse for rape.
  • The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under the law but the laws of this country relegate women to the status of second-class citizens and property. Its time we came into the 21st century and gave women the resources they need to confront and win over their male oppressors.
  • Can I asked my members of Congress, can you please Extend the Violence Against Women Act.