A bill being considered in the House today seeks to roll back existing protection that keep women safe from the threat of violence. That is just plain wrong. Keeping women safe isn't about which political party you support -- it's about protecting basic human rights.
It is critical that congress reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, including its new provisions that offer help to Native American women, the LGBT community and immigrants, groups that have been denied the full protection of VAWA.
A House bill that proposes to amend the Violence Against Women Act would eliminate confidentiality protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence and create dangerous requirements for victims. Lawmakers must understand the devastating effects of this proposal.
Children who grow up in abusive homes can become healthy adults. They need positive role models, therapy and support. Fortunately, there are systems and programs in place to help these children. Some are funded through the Violence Against Women Act.
VAWA has protected, improved and restored lives. Reauthorization sends the message that our communities, our families -- and all people -- must be safe; that survivors must have the tools to heal and reclaim their lives; and that breaking the cycle of violence is an unassailable national priority.
Domestic violence is not a partisan issue. We need a system that encourages victims to come forward. Not a system that discourages them from seeking help, or one that intimidates victims into staying in the shadows.
I was molested as a child. There was no ominous stranger or dark alley. This abuse was perpetrated by someone I knew and by someone who knew me -- a family friend. Sadly, these events of my youth would only be the beginning of a lifetime of experiences with abuse and violence.