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Violence Against Women Act

Steubenville Reminder: Rape Is Rape

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Media
Christine Pelosi

Remember 2012 when America was awash in "legitimate rape" stories? Seems some of the networks forgot that rape is rape and that all survivors deserve justice. So to our friends in the media right and left, here is a refresher course: Rape is rape.

Sexual Assault Rates May Be Declining, But Much Work Is Left to Be Done to Help Victims

Janine Zweig | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Janine Zweig

Looking at the big picture, when only 1 in 3 victims of rape and sexual assault report their assault to law enforcement, we have a long way to go. And when less than 1 in 4 victims get the help, advocacy, and services they need and deserve to restore wholeness in their lives, there's more work to be done.

Violence Against Women Act: A Divorce Lawyer's Perspective

Nancy Van Tine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Nancy Van Tine

Domestic Violence breeds more domestic violence. It is quite clearly defined that daughters of violence grow up to be victimized, and sons of violence grow up to be batterers in higher percentages than children who have not been exposed.

NO MORE: Putting An End To Domestic Violence Once And For All

Ariel Zwang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

The perception that these are private affairs -- most incidents of domestic and sexual violence take place in the home or between intimate partners -- and therefore "none of our business" is perhaps the biggest deterrent to progress. These are attitudes that need to -- and can -- change.

VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north? Left out in the cold.

Anti-Violence Measure Includes Key Provisions For Scarred Communities

Al Jazeera English | Kavitha Chekuru | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera English. It seems like an idyllic memory at first - hiding under a table as a small child, watching ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Cornyn Applauds Violence Against Women Act Becoming Law, Even Though He Voted Against It | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was among those celebrating President Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursda...

Domestic Violence, Housing, and a Human Rights Win for U.S. Women

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

March 8 is International Women's Day, and it's especially timely for us in the U.S. this year. The recent enactment of legislation reauthorizing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act is a landmark event for women, and especially low-income women, in the U.S.

Key Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage an...

Jennifer Bendery

Violence Against Women Act Now Touted By Republicans Who Voted Against Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill late last month, more than 130 House Republicans voted against ...

Trading Women's Rights for Partisan Politics

Kate Michelman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Michelman

Sex discrimination and gender bias are deeply embedded in the legal framework of institutions designed to protect us all from harm. But we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent -- not now; not ever.

Gendered Laws: VAWA, IRCA and the Future of Immigration Reform

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 05.07.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura E. Enriquez

A lesser-known fact of the Violence Against Women Act is that it provides a temporary visa and creates a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants who are the victims of domestic abuse.

No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

With the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, thousands of law enforcement officers will be better equipped to stop violence before it starts, and respond to calls of help when they are needed.

Report Shows Downturn In Violence Against Women

Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

By PETE YOST, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says the rate of sexual violence against women and girls age 12 or older f...

The Grandly Outmoded Party Grandiosely Overlooks People

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

They're still at it. President Obama wants "to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few." Republicans want "th...

It's Time for Us to Raise the Volume and Take Back Our Democracy

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With gridlock and malicious behavior paralyzing our government, it is now up to we, the people, to become more visible and vocal, to show Congress what needs to be done. Here are some thoughts and ideas on where we need to go from here, and how we can become involved.

But We Have Gotten Landmark LGBT Rights Legislation In 2013!

Sharon Stapel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sharon Stapel

The opening line of HuffPost political reporter Amanda Terkel's Feb. 27 piece "Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights" caught my eye: "Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress." I would like to point out one significant counterexample.

VAWA Offers New Protections, But What's Next?

Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact

By Cristina M. Finch, TakePart The vote by Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Thursday is a major step forward for women...

Leading with Distinction

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Anna Maria Chavez

At just 16 or 17 years of age, these young women have already done things that most adults could not conceive of and accomplished things few would have the courage to even try.

Tyler Kingkade

College Sexual Assault Reform Law Headed To Obama's Desk | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

Federal legislation that will reform how colleges treat sexual violence and stalking on campus is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk after th...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Democratic Rep Praises Boehner On VAWA, Criticizes Sequestration | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rarely does House Speaker John Boehner draw high praise from Democrats, but Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) thinks the Ohio Republican des...

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi On VAWA Fight: 'I Can Never Explain What Republicans Were Thinking' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all her years in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she'll "never understand" why House Republicans held o...

Jennifer Bendery

2014 Republican Senate Hopefuls Oppose Violence Against Women Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats just won themselves some fresh ammunition in the next election cycle: nearly all of the potential 2014 Senate Republica...

Jennifer Bendery

House Passes Inclusive Violence Against Women Act, Sends To Obama To Become Law | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Violence Against Women Act is finally heading to the president's desk this week after a dragged-out political fight over expanding p...

Congress Expected To Approve VAWA After Drawn-Out Debate

Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

By JIM ABRAMS, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Calling a truce in the partisan battles, Congress appears ready to send to President Barack Obama...