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.
Chen needs to be protected no matter what by U.S. officials, and the war on women in China (and in other nations around the globe) is the only real conflict against womanhood that should be distracting Americans in this election year.
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.
Republicans seem to think they can get away with almost anything because their Election Day hopes will be saved by a bad economy. But the people they attack know the Tea Party's history of cynical, culture-war attacks that deeply affect the lives of real people. We have our eyes wide open.
The United States Senate is expected to vote soon on reauthorizing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act. This measure will extend many important programs, and for the first time specifically extend protections to all college campus communities.
The backlash to Belvedere Vodka's ad offers us an opportunity to recognize the threat of sexual violence. Still, we cannot allow our fight to end violence against women be carried on the shoulders of brief surges of public outrage.