Target: United States Senate
Goal: Applaud U.S. Senate for renewing Violence Against Women Act to protect minority women as well.
On Tuesday, February 12th, the U.S. Senate voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law that aims to protect victims of these crimes by providing treatment services, raising awareness, and investigating and prosecuting those convicted. Modifications have been made to the original law to include protections for gays and lesbians, immigrants, and Native American women. Giving these women equal access to anti-domestic violence programs is a critical step in achieving equality among all people, and the U.S. Senate should be commended for taking this action.
The Violence Against Women Act was initially signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1994 and had undergone various modifications leading up to the Act’s expiration in 2011. Since its expiration, both the predominantly Republican House and the predominantly Democratic Senate have passed renewal bills; however they had ultimately failed to establish a compromise.
The Senate bill is promoted primarily by Democrats, while Republican leaders in the House of Representatives strive to create their own version of the Act. However, the Act is cosponsored by a Republican and in fact successfully garnered 23 Republican votes. The Senate voted 78-22 to reauthorize the Act, which has shielded millions of women from abuse and seems to have reduced national rates of domestic violence.
By signing this petition, you will be thanking the Senate for passing a bill which protects women, including underrepresented groups, from violence that causes irreversible physical and emotional harm.
To the United States Senate:
On Tuesday, February 12th, you collectively voted 78-22 in favor of renewing the Violence Against Women Act with provisions to include protections for gays and lesbians, immigrants, and Native American women. The Violence Against Women Act has successfully protected millions of women against the harmful effects of domestic violence. Therefore, it is critical to the safety of American women that this act be renewed and continually enforced. It is also important to recognize that all women, regardless of their background, deserve to be granted equal protection under the law. You, the U.S. Senate, recognized this and took action to ensure that this protection is provided.
I would like to applaud you and express my sincerest gratitude for voting to renew this act. It is a huge step in the right direction towards providing equality for all women and men. The Violence Against Women Act has helped reduce domestic violence rates in recent years by providing treatment services for victims, investigating and prosecuting those convicted of these crimes, and raising awareness about domestic violence throughout the nation.
Again, thank you for your efforts to protect women and make the United States a safer place to live. Your actions are critical to establishing equality among all women and providing each of them equal protection under the law.
[Your Name Here]
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