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May 7, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Turn disturbing news into action to stop abuse against women and children

Domestic violence against women and children persists. We all need to do a better job of recognizing signs of abuse and intervening when necessary. I’m saying this because I  felt a roller coaster of emotions Monday as several major stories broke nationwide. The airman in charge of the U.S. Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office…

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March 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

What the Violence Against Women Act means for Washington

I love it when stories come full circle.

President Barack Obama signed a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Thursday following a year-long political battle in Congress. In a series of editorials since December, The Seattle Times editorial board also urged Congress to take bipartisan action on an issue that affects tens of  thousands of victims.

Here’s a link to C-SPAN’s live coverage of the bill signing.

Several women from Washington attended the ceremony in Washington, D.C. Below is a photo of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Theresa M. Pouley, chief judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court, and Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes.

Here’s Cantwell’s statement:

“This day was a long time coming, but it will mean a major step forward to better protect all victims of domestic violence. Perpetrators of domestic violence on Tribal reservations can no longer hide behind legal gaps and loopholes to escape justice. I appreciate the bipartisan leadership on this bill and know millions of women across America will now get the enhanced protection they deserve.”

Photo provided by Sen. Maria Cantwell's staff

Photo provided by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s staff/Maria Pavel

Parker stood on stage beside the president as he signed S. 47 into law. Her harrowing story of child abuse on the reservation prompted U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to take on the cause of preserving VAWA and expanding it to include extra protections for Native women, who are more likely than other groups to be abused and raped.

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