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The Violence Against Women Act must not roll back protections!

 

Women’s rights are human rights, and here in the United States of America all women must be treated with dignity and fairness. But the Violence Against Women Act — which ensures women have access to care and justice — is under threat.

The House of Representatives recently passed H.R.1620, reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which includes money for resources like rape crisis centers. The House version of VAWA also legislates inclusive protections for LGBTQ survivors, closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” that allows abusers to remain armed with guns, and includes better protections for Native American women by ending impunity for non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence on Native land. Over 85% of rape and sexual assault against Native women is committed by non-Native men, but currently.

Now the Senate must pass the long-overdue VAWA reauthorization-with the same strong protections, not a striped down version. Last year, the Senate introduced two versions of VAWA, including one backed by Republican Senator Ernst of Iowa that did not include LGBTQ survivors or close the “boyfriend loophole” — and it went backwards on protections for Native survivors.

Email your Senators today to tell them to reauthorize a strong, inclusive VAWA: a version that must close the “boyfriend loophole,” protect LGBTQ survivors, and include Native women—not an imposter bill that rolls back protections!