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S.327 to amend Violence Against Women Act of 1994

5 April, 2009

If you are a woman, if you have ever known a woman, if you have ever loved a woman, if you have ever been cared for by a woman, if you were born to a woman – then this is one bill you should insist gets out of committee and on to the floor of the Senate.  You should also insist that your Congressperson introduce or co-sponsor a similar bill in the House.

According the Human Rights Watch, a government report shows that violence and rape in the U.S. have increased over the two year period between 2005-07  [The study is done only every two years.]  (HERE)

Human Rights Watch’s national recommendations include:

  • The Obama administration should appoint a special adviser on violence against women in the US;
  • Congress should restore full funding to the Office on Violence Against Women;
  • The Department of Justice, through the National Institute of Justice, should authorize comprehensive studies that more accurately track sexual and domestic violence in the US, especially among individuals who are least likely to be surveyed by the National Crime Victimization Survey;
  • Congress should increase funding for sexual and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and treatment programs;
  • Congress should amend the federal Debbie Smith Act, a grant program designed to eliminate the rape kit backlog, but that states can and have used for other kinds of DNA backlogs; ( bold emphasis mine)
  • The US should ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which obligates states to prevent, protect against, and punish violence against women.

This bill, S.327, which was introduced on 26 January, 2009 by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont attempts to address those needs. But he will need your help. There are no co-sponsors.  The bill was read twice and sent to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TITLE:  To amend the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve assistance to domestic and sexual violence victims and provide for technical corrections

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  1. Cam Blogger permalink
    6 April, 2009 21:15


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    • 6 April, 2009 21:15

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