Target: Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
Goal: Condemn the 22 Republican senators who voted against a bill that denounces violence against women.
Recently, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 78 to 22. The act is a reauthorization of a bill that expired in 2012 after the U.S. House and Senate were unable to reconcile different versions of the bill. The act intends to decrease violence against women and offer more efficient protection for women who have suffered from violence.
Since its foundation in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has helped a number of women who have found themselves in danger, and has taken steps to ensure that fewer women suffer from violence. The act established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, helped decrease the number of partner homicides, and made stalking illegal in the United States. The reauthorization of the bill included amendments to protect Native American, LGBTQ and undocumented victims of violence. The act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and expands a visa program that would give permanent residency to undocumented victims of abuse and violence. The act also encourages states to enact “mandatory-arrest” policies, which obligate police to take alleged domestic abusers into custody. This provision intends to combat situations in which victims of abuse are forced or intimidated into recanting their plea for help. It would also force all calls regarding domestic violence to be taken more seriously – police officers commonly accept the testimony of the “man of the house” when questioning a family about domestic violence, and therefore abandon calls as false alarms more often than not.
Republicans have been opposed to the Violence Against Women Act since it was reintroduced in 2012. They feel that the act represents a “feminist” attack against family values, and fails to help victims of abuse. Republicans suggested amendments to the act, including stripping the act of its protections for Native Americans, undocumented women, and LGBTQ women. Considering the Republican objections to this bill, it cannot be denied that their desire to keep “family values” intact has led them to take a pro-abuse, anti-woman stance. The 22 Republican men who voted against the act should be forced to answer for the decision they made when opposing an act that would only increase a victim’s chances of receiving justice. Sign the petition below to condemn these Republican men for their dangerous ideologies.
Dear GOP Senators,
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Violence Against Women Act passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78 to 22. The act is a reauthorization of a bill that expired in 2012 and intends to decrease violence against women and offer more efficient protection for women who have suffered from violence. The twenty-two votes against the act were all from Republican men. Although I understand that there will be objections to any act passed in government, I do not believe that any objection to the Violence Against Women Act justifies voting against the act.
The Violence Against Women act is a force of positive change, one that has helped protect abuse victims since 1994. From its inception, the act has changed the topography of the lives of victims of violence, offering them more resources, more protection and more chances for justice. The Republican objections to the act were petty, and the amendments suggested by the GOP supported discrimination against various groups of women. This is unacceptable. I am writing to condemn the action of the 22 Republican Senators who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, and condemn the GOP for its refusal to stand up for the rights of women.
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