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…More
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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.
“All women deserve the right to live free from fear. That’s what today is about.” —President Obama on the Violence Against Women Act #VAWA
— The White House (@whitehouse) March 7, 2013
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.”
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.More
The U.S. Senate took an important step Monday toward reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The chamber voted by a wide margin, 85-8, to move the bill forward. A final vote is expected later this week. For a sober look at the domestic violence crisis, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., tweeted this infographic from…More